Panjim, June 9 (PTI): The Bharatiya Janata Party today anointed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Chairman of its Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 polls, a move considered just short of making him the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
“I want to give you a significant information… I have announced (at the National Executive) Narendra Modi as Chairman of the BJP Election Campaign Committee, keeping in mind the challenge of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and to achieve victory in the polls,” party President Rajnath Singh told the media at the conclusion of its 2-day deliberations.
The announcement was made in a brief statement by Singh who was flanked by Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, former President M Venkaiah Naidu, General Secretary Ananth Kumar among others. No questions were taken at the media interaction.
“Whatever has happened has happened on the basis of consensus,” Singh said without elaborating. The decision to appoint 63-year-old Modi came against the backdrop of senior BJP leader LK Advani not attending the National Executive, who is said to be strongly opposed to the elevation of Modi.
After Singh’s announcement, Modi wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter: “Spoke to Advaniji on the phone. He gave me his blessings. Honoured and extremely grateful to receive his blessings.”