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Modi popular, but party undecided on PM candidate: Rajnath Singh

Posted on Mar 11, 10:08PM | IANS

Kolkata, March 11 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Monday said that though Narendra Modi's popularity could not be denied, the party would decide if the Gujarat chief minister would be its prime ministerial candidate.

"It will be decided by the party's central parliamentary board. But one cannot deny his popularity," Singh said when reporters asked him whether Modi would be the face of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls this year.

Singh rejected rumours that BJP leader L.K. Advani would no longer be a part of the core group of decision-making in the BJP.

"It is completely baseless that he (Advani) is not in the decision-making team. He is not only our senior leader but also a pioneer for the party. He will remain a torch-bearer for the BJP," he stated.

"One cannot forget his contribution to the BJP," he added.