Patna: Slogans were chanted in favour of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by BJP workers at a function held by the party's state council on Friday to formalize election of Mangal Pandey as its Bihar unit chief. (Agencies)
Former state unit president Tarakant Jha indirectly hinted at Modi being the candidate for prime ministership in the next general elections taking top BJP leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, by surprise.
At this party workers raised slogans like 'Modi Zindabad' and Jha said 'here is our prime ministerial candidate'.
The outgoing BJP state president C P Thakur too raked up the Modi issue saying he should visit Bihar as his feast was still due referring to the cancellation of a dinner by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for visiting top BJP leaders, including Modi, during the party's national executive in June 2010 after advertisements had appeared in the local media showing both Kumar and Modi holding each other's hands.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil K Modi is said to be maintaining a safe distance from the Gujarat chief minister in the wake of strong dislike by Kumar.
Kumar had time and again sought to oppose Modi's prime ministerial ambition by asking BJP to project a secular person as its prime ministerial candidate and threatened to severe ties with the party if the Gujarat chief minister was projected as the PM candidate.
BJP leader and Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister and ardent Narendra Modi fan Giriraj Singh demanded washing off of the 'stigma' on the party's image in the wake of last minute cancellation of dinner for the delegates by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over two years ago.
Pandey in his thanks giving speech distanced himself from the outpouring for the Gujarat chief minister.
Patna: Slogans were chanted in favour of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by BJP workers at a function held by the party's state council on Friday to formalize election of Mangal Pandey as its Bihar unit chief.