'Don't speculate on PM choice': Rajnath tells partymen
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Monday asked his partymen not to comment or speculate on the 2014 prime ministerial candidate. "Do not comment on the prime ministerial candidate, because as I have said earlier it has been the tradition of the BJP that whether it is the chief ministerial candidate or the prime ministerial candidate the Central Parliamentary Board takes a final call on it," he said.
The BJP president had earlier on Sunday said that the party's Central Parliamentary Board would take a final decision on the prime ministerial candidate. "Such decisions are taken by our Central Parliamentary Board," he told the media in Bhopal, while responding to a volley of questions as to why the BJP was shying away from naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.
There is intense speculation that Modi, who secured an electoral hat-trick in Gujarat in December last year, can spearhead the BJP's campaign in 2014 polls. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani have last month openly endorsed Modi's name as prime ministerial candidate. The other BJP leaders have been so far evasive on this issue.
NDA allies like the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have indicated that Modi's name is not acceptable to them. The Shiv Sena had earlier said that Sushma Swaraj is its first choice for the prime ministerial candidate in 2014.