VHP likely to back Modi as PM candidate
Allahabad, Feb 5 : The steering committee of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is expected to declare it's support for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate at the committee's upcoming two-day meeting in Allahabad, said reports.
Following the meeting with top RSS and BJP leaders last week, VHP leader Ashok Singhal had commented that Modi should be declared as the choice for the PM candidate by the party for the 2014 Loka Sabha elections.
"If people themselves are demanding that Modi should be made the PM candidate then BJP will also have to think about it. Such a thing is happening for the first time. After all, the BJP president himself has said that Modi at present is their most popular leader," Singhal was quoted as saying.
The VHP's Kendriya Marg Darshak Mandal meet, which is likely to make the announcement of prime ministerial candidate will coincide with the Maha Kumbh Mela being held in the city.
Earlier, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Janata Dal (United) had slammed the VHP for supporting Narendra Modi as PM candidate of the anti-UPA coalition amid the ongoing conflicts within the allies over the choice of Modi by the BJP.
"Political parties are there to decide who they will project as the prime ministerial candidate for the country. How can sadhus take this decision? Where are you taking the politics of this country?" JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari had said.
Even, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Monday had asked party members not to comment on the issue of the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"I am urging all my party leaders and workers not to speculate or give any statement on BJP's PM candidate," Singh had said.
Although Singh had earlier hinted that Modi may soon play a bigger role in national politics for the party.
With Modi tipped to be a strong contender to emerge as BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the next year's polls despite objections from many NDA allies like the JD(U), Singh acknowledged his importance and earlier said none can deny the popularity of Modi now.
However, BJP leaders like Ram Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha openly rooted for Modi as their Prime Ministerial pitch.