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‘NDA in no hurry to declare PM’

Despite the pressure being brought on the Bharatiya Janata Party by allies like the Janata Dal (United) and the Shiv Sena, the principal opposition is in no hurry to oblige its wrangling partners. In fact, the demand of the allies is being seen as a move to checkmate the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial nomination.

The BJP president, however, rushed to add that he did not want to break the alliance with the JD (U) and would like to sort out issues with it. ‘NDA will meet at an appropriate time to decide on that (PM candidate),’ Singh told the media in an interview, when asked about the year-end deadline set by JD(U) for declaring BJP’s prime ministerial choice.

Singh was also cautious while answering a question on few voices being raised within the BJP favouring the veteran leader L K Advani as the possible PM candidate in lieu of Modi. Singh remarked that any decision on who to project, or whether to project anybody at all at this juncture, will be taken by the BJP’s parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body within the party. He then went on to add, ‘In our party there is no race and nobody makes a claim either for the post of the chief minister or even for prime minister.’

Rajnath Singh contended that ‘there is no question of pressure’ from JD(U). ‘These are suggestions by our allies. We will look into all these issues and decide what to do,’ he said when asked about the JD(U)’s strident demand and the Shiv Sena’s clamour for calling an NDA meeting to thrash out the issue.
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