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Rajnath offers LS Speaker post to Advani?

Posted on May 15 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, May 15 : A day ahead of the general elections result, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Thursday offered the Lok Sabha Speaker's post to veteran leader LK Advani, media reports said.

"Advani has not rejected the offer but wanted the decision to be taken only on the weekend after the counting gets over and results are declared," CNN-IBN channel reported quoting sources.

Advani is reportedly keen to be the NDA chairman.

Taking a jibe at the recent strategy planning of the BJP, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I've heard of bruised egos during government formation but it must be a new record to have to deal with them even before counting has started."

If NDA wins a clear majority, a new government led by Narendra Modi could be a reality by May 20, according to reports.

Media reports said Modi could take office sooner if NDA gains clear majority.

A staggered nine-phase Lok Sabha poll ended on May 12 in India with projections in all exit polls that BJP-led NDA will come to power.

Several of the exit polls said NDA will bag at least 272 seats while some put the figure at around 282 in the 543 member Parliament.

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