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Bhagwat advises caution on naming Modi as PM nominee

Refusing to join the chant for declaring Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as as the prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief on Thursday said that it will be the BJP’s decision on who to project as the face of the party and the Sangh will not be held responsible for its the consequences of this decision.

‘BJP will have to take a decision on what is to be done, whatever we may say, we should allow them to do it, if what they do comes out wrong, then we should let them eat the fruits as well,’ said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, speaking a the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) dharma sansad at Allahabad.

The clamour for declaring the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate has seen a surge in recent past and even at the dharma sansad people in the audience raised slogans in support of Modi. Bhagwat tried to pacify the crowd by saying that the Sangh Parivar is well aware of the wishes of the people,’People know what is in your heart and the whole country is echoing with the same voice,’ said Bhagwat who also called Modi his friend. Though its well known that there exists an under-current of tension between Sangh and Modi.

A few BJP leaders have publicly demanded that Modi be declared as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate and even veteran VHP leader Giriraj Kishore joined the Modi for PM chorus. Citing the development in Gujarat, the VHP leader said that if Modi is projected, then the whole country can benefit under his leadership like the people have in Gujarat. Recently VHP leader Ashok Singhal had also publicly demanded that Modi should be declared as the face of the party. BJP president Rajnath Singh, who was in Chennai on Thursday, however, reiterated that the BJP Parliamentary Board will decide the issue at an appropriate time.

Meanwhile, Bhagwat in his address also raised the issue of Ram Mandir and said that the RSS was fully committed to construction of Ram Temple at Ramjanmbhoomi. ‘It is the obligation of Parliament to remove hurdles in the way of construction of Ram temple, either Parliament should honour the wishes of the people or the people should elect a Parliament that is sensitive to the issue,’ said Bhagwat.
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