Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Jaitley declines comment on Modi versus Rahul debate

The senior BJP leader declined comment on the Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi debate but described the Gujarat chief minister as 'an extremely popular' leader


Jaitley declines comment on Modi versus Rahul debate (© PTI)

Bangalore: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday declined comment on the Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi as-prime-ministerial-candidates debate but described the Gujarat chief minister as "an extremely popular" leader.

"I am not getting into the debate on individuals. The fact is he (Modi) is an extremely popular leader and his views are heard with great attention," Jaitley told reporters on arrival here for talks with Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Karnataka unit leaders on preparations for the May 5 assembly polls. On BJP's prospects in the Karnataka assembly polls, Jaitley said the party would do well.

Jaitley was in-charge of the party in the last assembly elections in 2008 when it came to power for the first time in the state. However, unlike in 2008, the party goes to the next month's poll with its five-year rule marred by corruption scandals, infighting and its first chief minister in the state B.S. Yeddyurappa breaking away to head the Karnataka Janata Party.

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