"It is a good decision and has been taken at the right time. This decision will help in BJP's victory as and when the elections are held," Parrikar said. The Goa Chief Minister this morning telephoned his Gujarat counterpart and congratulated him on his elevation. Parrikar said to see Modi as the PM nominee was people's desire.

"It was a choice of the people and the party implemented it,” he said. He, however, declined to comment on senior leader LK Advani's reported opposition to the Gujarat strongman's nomination for the top post.

(Agencies)

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