Modi impeccably secular: Jethmalani
After senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Monday said the party should name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, another outspoken leader, Ram Jethmalani supported the idea despite differing views of NDA allies.
Jethmalani said: "I believe that he is impeccably secular. He is better than all those who according to me are known aspirants for the job [of PM]."
Jethmalani, who had earlier revolted against party president Nitin Gadkari over corruption issue, said there are false cases against Modi to defame him (read 2002 anti-Muslim Gujarat riots and killings) and he is the best choice for BJP.
Yashwant Sinha said earlier: "Wherever I go, I find people and party workers strongly demanding that Narendra Modi should be projected as the party's Prime Minister candidate."
"After considering everything, I also felt that if the BJP declares him as the Prime Minister candidate then the party will hugely benefit in the elections. It is also going to have a huge impact on voters. I have no doubt on this ," he said.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, who had earlier hinted that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi may soon play a bigger role in national politics for the party, met the latter on Sunday here and discussed poll issues.
Modi has just won the Gujarat elections with a strong mandate to rule for another five years, his third consecutive term.
However, more allies of the party in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) umbrella are differing. The latest is Shiv Sena.
Shiv Sena senior leaer Sanjay Raut said Tuesday the party would go for Sushma Swaraj as their prime ministerial choice since that was the name that was endorsed by their late leader Bal Thackeray.
Raut said since the late party supremo had batted for Sushma Swaraj they would go by him.
"Balasaheb's word is final for us," said Raut, though adding that the decision will finally come from Uddhav Thackeray, the political heir to the legacy of Bal Thackeray.
Earlier the Janata Dal (United) of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar objected to Modi predictably.