New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday emerged stronger in much awaited rejig in Team Rajnath with making into BJP’s Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body. Hindutva poster boy Modi’s elevation into the party is being considered as the first step towards his prime ministerial bid in the 2014 general elections.

BJP President Rajnath Singh attempted at two birds with one stone by elevating Modi in the party. First, the party chief tried to reduce the growing political stature of Modi’s Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar who is also nurturing his prime ministerial ambition. Second, Rajnath Singh has dexterously projected party’s Hindu face covered by ‘development’ mask.

Political observers are of view that Modi’s rise in BJP is a clear indication that the development and hindutva will be the key poll planks in 2014 general elections to fight against Congress. However, party president has clarified that hindutwa will not be an issue in the general elections.

It’s a million dollar question that whether Rajnath-Modi duo will sail through the Lok Sabha polls in 2014? Certainly, Modi’s spectacular victory in Gujarat Assembly polls will boost the morale of BJP workers in 2014. The party needs a mass appealing leader to lead from the front. Undoubtedly, Modi exactly fits into it.

However, BJP Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh are also considered as mass leaders but their charisma remains confined to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively.

(Amar Kumar Sharma/JPN)

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