Allahabad: Religion and ‘Dharma’ are some of the prime topics discussed during the congregations in Maha kumbh but Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi seems to have overwhelmed all these issues.
Ever since the congregation of saints began at Kumbh a month ago, Modi has been the prime topic of discussion. There are speculations that the Gujarat CM may visit the congregation to seek blessings from Hindu saints. Although the dates are not yet confirmed by any of the related sources.
Meanwhile, Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal heaped praises on Modi and said that the saints would like to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of this country.
A major section of BJP, including senior leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Ram Jethmalani are also continuously lobbying for Narendra Modi’s candidature for Prime Ministerial post.
In order to mobilise support for Modi, the saints associated with Vishwa Hindu Parishad have convened a meeting on February 7 in Allahabad.
The newly elected BJP president Rajnath Singh is also expected to meet these saints at Maha Kumbh on February 6.
Narendra Modi is a very popular leader: Rajnath
BJP president Rajnath Singh earlier on Sunday described Narendra Modi as a "very capable and popular leader".
Rajnath, however, conceded that at this stage, it was hard to zero in on a candidate acceptable to entire NDA and maintained that the decision in this regard would be taken by the party's Central Parliamentary Board (CPB).
Answering a volley of questions at a news conference in Bhopal as to why the BJP was shying away from naming Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, the BJP President said, "There is a tradition in the party to decide such issues in the CPB."
Saints want Modi as PM: Singhal
Meanwhile, VHP leader Ashok Singhal also openly said that Narendra Modi should be declared the PM candidate by the party.
"If people themselves are demanding that Modi should be made the PM candidate then BJP will also have to think about it. Such a thing is happening for the first time. After all, the BJP President himself has said that Modi at present is their most popular leader," Singhal said.
BJP-JD (U) spar over PM candidate
While BJP sources denied reports that the party may announce Modi as PM candidate very soon, rumours have led ally JD (U) to react strongly to it.
"Who will be the Prime Ministerial candidate or under whose leadership will a political party contest is decided by political parties. I can't understand how such a decision is being taken by the sadhus and religious Akharas. Where are we taking our politics to? If religious leaders will decide this then it shows complete bankruptcy," JD (U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said.