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JD-U changes game, now indicates not averse to Advani as NDA’s PM nominee

‘NDA had contested under the leadership of L K Advani earlier. I do not think there should be a problem for any NDA faction to go to polls with his leadership. Advani will definitely be more acceptable to most of the factions of NDA,’ JD(U) leader Devesh Chandra Thakur said.

Thakur said this after the two-day national executive and council meet of JD(U) which while setting conditions for NDA’s PM nominee said in its political resolution that the candidate should be someone like Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

When asked who else in the BJP is closer to Vajpayee’s personality or whether JD(U) favours Advani for the top job, party general secretary and spokesperson K C Tyagi said, ‘We have earlier also fought elections under the leadership of Advani. So how can we say that we were wrong.’

Another JD(U) leader Narendra Singh, a Bihar minister, said in his view Modi ranks sixth or seventh in BJP’s hierarchy. ‘If seniority is taken into account Modi is far below and Advani is No One’, he said, adding there is no dispute in backing Advani as he had been the face of the NDA in the 2004 elections.

Making a strong case for declaring NDA's PM candidate before elections, the resolution said BJP had declared Vajpayee's name for Prime Ministership before the elections in 1999 and 2004 and that of L K Advani before 2009.

Noting that there has been a tradition in NDA to name its Prime Ministerial candidate before Lok Sabha elections, the resolution said, ‘In this context, it is the clear view of JD(U) that NDA’s PM candidate's name should be announced before polls since the Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to take place between March and May next year.’

Addressing the media after the meet, Tyagi said that ‘even the grandson of Sheikh Abdullah was a minister in the Vajpayee government. We want such a Prime Minister.. No body is bigger than Vajpayee.’

Asked about the last night meeting of Nitish Kumar with BJP President Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley, Tyagi, who had also accompanied the Bihar Chief Minister,said that Jaitley had told him that they would sit and talk over it.

‘Certain things are said indirectly,’ was his response when he was asked what was the refrain of the BJP leaders about the Prime Ministership issue.


Setting conditions for National Democratic Alliance(NDA), Prime Ministerial candidate, Janata Dal (United)  in a strongly worded political resolution at its National Council meeting on Sunday said the candidate should be someone like Atal Bihari Vajpayee or otherwise it will have negative results. The resolution said the PM candidate of the alliance should be named before the end of this year.

‘JD(U) is of clear view that NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate’s name is declared before elections....It has clear views on what kind of Prime Ministerial candidate should be there. He should be committed to the national agenda of governance of NDA and the earlier decided position on the three issues (Ram Temple at Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code),’ said the resolution.

Stressing on secularism the resolution state the image of Prime Ministerial candidate should be such that his secular credibility in a multi-religious and multi-lingual country like India should be beyond doubt. 'He should be in favour of inclusive politics and committed and sensitive towards the development of backward states and regions,' said the resolution.

The resolution stated that since BJP is the largest party in NDA, it was its duty to keep in mind these things before announcing its PM candidate. ‘JD(U) demands that based on these parameters, BJP must announce its Prime Ministerial candidate by the end of this year as has been the tradition in the past,’ said the party’s  resolution.

The resolution said, ‘Corruption is in news and unemployment and price rise have rendered people poorer and the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. The inequality between the developed and the backward states has increased. A tension has come in the federal structure of the country because the Centre has hurt the autonomy of the states by violating their rights in an unprecedented manner,' said the resolution.

The resolution hoped that the government will be ousted in 2014 paving the way for another government.
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