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Advani should gauge public mood on Narendra Modi
11 September 2013

Amid efforts to convince L.K. Advani on declaring Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, party leader from Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday said the veteran leader had failed to gauge the public mood in this regard.

The former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said Mr. Advani had declared Atal Behari Vajpayee as the party’s face in the past and he could have done the same for Narendra Modi today.

“Advaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. Advaniji himself declared Atalji as PM candidate. Now also he could have done the same for Namo,” Mr. Modi said on Twitter.

Mr. Advani is appearing to be a stumbling block for the BJP in finalising the name of Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate and hectic efforts were underway to convince him to give up his opposition.

Senior BJP leaders have held meetings with Mr. Advani to bring him on board on Mr. Modi’s name. BJP president Rajnath Singh held a half an hour meeting with Mr. Advani on Wednesday, while former party president Nitin Gadkari had met the party’s parliamentary party chief yesterday as an emissary of the RSS.

Mr. Advani is opposed to Mr. Modi’s candidature and had announced his resignation from all party posts soon after Mr. Modi’s anointment as BJP Campaign Committee chief in the recently held national executive at Goa.

Sources say Mr. Advani has not given up his opposition to the Gujarat Chief Minister during his recent meetings with party’s top brass.



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