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SAD, Sena hail decision; JD-U terms BJP's internal matter

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's annointment on Sunday as chief of BJPs Election Campaign Committee drew a muted response from key ally JD-U which said it is an 'internal matter' of that party but was enthusiastically welcomed by other allies SAD and Shiv Sena. Apparently playing down the elevation of Modi over whom it had reservations, JD-U, the BJP's senior partner in Bihars ruling coalition, at the same time insisted that the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided by all constituents of the alliance.

'What BJP decides is that party's internal matter. Whom they make the party president or chairman of a particular committee in their party is what concerns them.

'He (Modi) has not become NDA's campaign committee chairman,' JD-U president Sharad Yadav told PTI over phone from Chennai. Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, at the same time, said that NDA functioned for 17 years according to its national agenda and 'whoever becomes the PM candidate has to accept that national agenda'.
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