Yashwant backs Modi as PM, Rajnath says party will decide
However, the BJP leadership maintained that though Modi was an “extremely popular” leader, the party would decide on its PM candidate at an appropriate time.
“A debate has been taking place for many days now. When I travel, there is a strong demand from common people and workers that Narendra Modi should be declared the PM candidate as this will benefit the party... After careful thought, I have concluded that if the BJP declares Modi as its PM candidate, then the BJP will benefit hugely in the elections. It will have a big impact on voters. I have no doubt about this,” Sinha said today.
In an interview to The Indian Express hours before Sinha’s statement, party president Rajnath Singh, who paid floral tributes to RSS founder K B Hedgewar’s memorial in Nagpur today, said: “No one can deny that Modi is an extremely popular leader at the national level. But, the parliamentary board will take the decision on the issue of projecting a prime ministerial candidate.”
Singh later evaded a direct reply to queries about Sinha’s statement, saying he was not aware of his remarks. Responding to the question of projecting Modi as the PM candidate, he reiterated his earlier line. “In the BJP, we not only