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Siasat, published from Hyderabad and Bangalore, on September 21 writes: “Even though the difference of opinion with regard to the declaration of Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate is apparent even within the BJP, the reaction from intellectual circles is an eye-opener... The reaction of an eminent Kannada litterateur U.R. Ananthamurthy is nothing short of an example to everyone. He has described Modi as a leader who spreads fear and terror... and that he would not like to live in a country where Modi becomes the PM.” The paper adds: “It is being said that the corporate sector would support Modi and it would grow under his leadership. But the country does not need a leader who only promotes the corporates. It needs a leader who has a vision and resolve for the welfare of the crores of poor people whose votes decide everyone’s political fate.”
Regarding L.K. Advani’s views, Inquilab, in its editorial on September 16, writes that apart from his own longstanding desire to become PM, “Advani is fully aware of the fact that in the present situation, only that person or leader can lead any political alliance who, along with popularity in his own party, would be acceptable to other political parties. Therefore, in his view, projecting a controversial person like Narendra Modi would definitely be a cause for damage instead of a possible gain...” Delhi-based weekly Nai Duniya, edited by former SP leader, Shahid Siddiqui, in a commentary (September 23-29) writes that Modi, who has become a darling of a section of the people by playing communal politics and favouring industrialists, has not come face to face with ground realities so far.
Editor of Delhi-based daily Jadeed Khabar, Masoom Moradabadi, on September 22 writes: “It is not a coincidence that Modi has been made the PM candidate at a time when the most populous state of the country is burning in the fire of communal politics.”
Editor of the daily Inquilab, Shakeel Shamsi, on September 23 writes: “None of them [previous army chiefs] joined a political party after retirement to avoid allegations of partisanship.