New Delhi: Amidst ongoing speculation over his Prime Ministerial candidature, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has suffered a major jolt as majority of the Sangh Parivar leaders have expressed reservations in this regard. The RSS has outrightly denied Modi stake.

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This has emerged after a wider discussion within RSS and BJP. The RSS leaders are of the view that Narendra Modi’s nomination as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate would cast a shadow on NDA’s poll prospects in 2014. The RSS also believes that the burning issues like corruption and price rise would lose their significance if Modi is declared as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

WHY IS RSS AGAINST NARENDRA MODI FOR PM POST?
  • Majority of RSS leaders have denied their support to Narendra Modi as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate
  • As per sources, Narendra Modi’s candidature may cast shadow on BJP’s prospects for Lok Sabha polls in 2014
  • RSS fears that the Opposition may attack BJP's secular credentials if Modi is fielded for PM post
  • RSS also believes that the major issues like corruption and price rise (that the BJP is going to take up as major issues against Congress) may lose its significance if Modi is fielded and the Gujarat riots become more prominent, hence imposing shadow on BJP’s electoral prospects
  • Senior BJP leader and renowned lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, had recently favoured Modi’s candidature for PM post (CLICK HERE)
  • Jethmalani considers Modi as the best choice for the post (CLICK HERE)
  • Before Modi-RSS meet, Jethmalani said that Mohan Bhagwat had endorsed his view (CLICK HERE)
  • RSS leader Ram Madhav later clarified that choosing the Prime Ministerial candidate is BJP’s prerogative (CLICK HERE)
  • During 2010 Bihar Assembly election campaign, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took strong exception over a poster featuring him and Modi together holding hands  
  • Later Modi was not allowed to come to Bihar for poll campaign
  • Some recent media reports also suggested that Nitish Kumar outrightly rejected Modi’s candidature for PM post
  • On October 20, Nitish Kumar, whose party JD (U)is contesting Gujarat Assembly polls separately, announced not to campaign for party candidates in Gujarat (CLICK HERE)

There are several other reasons behind this decision. It is believed that Congress and other parties would step up their attack on NDA’s secular credentials citing 2002 Gujarat riots if Modi is declared Prime Ministerial candidate. It is also believed that some of the NDA constituents would defect over this issue. It is noteworthy that the JD U, one of the key ally of BJP, has already expressed its reservation over Modi’s nomination for Prime Minister's post.    

The RSS has been for the past sometime in consultation with top BJP leaders in this matter. Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Suresh Soni, the two senior RSS leaders, were assigned to seek opinions of senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi and Arun Jaitley over Narendra Modi's candidature for the prime minister's post.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi had also recently met RSS chief Mohan Bhaghwat in Nagpur.

(JPN/Bureau)

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