Hyderabad: The three-day national executive meet of the BJP, beginning in Goa Friday, will not discuss the prime ministerial candidate issue, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.

Denying that there was a 'civil war' in the party over the issue, he said the Parliamentary Board would meet at an appropriate time to take a decision in this regard.

He said, “The issue was never discussed at any level in the party. Narendra Modi is the most popular leader in the country. There is no doubt about it. Naturally there is some discussion outside. People are giving various suggestions."

"Media is also talking about it but it is unfortunate that a section of the media is creating an impression that all is not well in the BJP and that there are serious differences," he said.

"Some people are unable to digest the growing popularity of the BJP and some people who are rattled by Narendra Modi's popularity are behind this campaign,” the leader said.

“We are a democratic party. People are entitled to have their views. The leadership will sit and discuss the issue and then take a decision unanimously without any problem whatsoever,” Naidu added.

The national executive will discuss preparations and the strategy for coming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Delhi. It will also discuss the current political and security situation and the recent killing of political leaders by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.


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