Exercise restraint in speech in public: Rajnath to partymen
New Delhi, Jan 30 : Amid calls from several senior party leaders for projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, newly-elected party president Rajnath Singh today asked the partymen to exercise restraint in their speech.
Addressing party leaders and workers at the BJP headquarters here, Mr Singh asked them to maintain patience and work hard to strengthen the party.
''There is a need to fight for the problems of the common man and gain their confidence. The ruling party at the Centre has failed on this front,'' the BJP president said.
He said the BJP leaders should maintain good speech and conduct.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Monday said the party should declare Mr Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections as this will 'benefit hugely' the BJP in the polls.
BJP Rajya Sabha Ram Jethmalani had also endorsed Mr Sinha's comment and said Mr Modi is a ''100 per cent secular leader''.
The BJP chief also met senior party leader Sushma Swaraj and the two leaders discussed several party matters, including formation of a new team.
The party is likely to hold its National Executive and National Council meetings in coming days after which Mr Singh is likely to announce his new team.