Ending all speculations and signalling the end of Advani era, the BJP on expected lines named Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
"The BJP is having a tradition to announce its Prime Ministerial candidate. The Parliamentary Board of the BJP met today and decided that Narendra Modi will be our PM candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections," declared BJP president Rajnath Singh here at the BJP headquarters amid jubilation by the party workers.
In a letter sent to Singh shortly before the parliamentary board met, Advani wrote, "I had told you I would consider whether to attend the meeting... I think it's best if I don't."
He said he is disappointed with the way the party is conducted.
In his letter written in Hindi, Advani said he is disappointed with the functioning of Singh for the last few days.
The BJP veteran said he debated on whether to attend the parliamentary meeting of BJP held here on Friday evening, but then decided against it.
Meanwhile, Singh said all National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents have blessed the decision of the BJP that leads the NDA.
Asked if Advani would continue to oppose the elevation of Modi as the PM candidate, Rajnath Singh said Modi would be visiting Advani on Saturday to take his blessings.
Advani had earlier told Singh that announcing Modi as their prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be a 'disaster'.
According to BJP sources, during Wednesday's meeting with Singh, Advani said the announcement on Modi will be a "disaster" and will "destroy the party's prospects" in 2014 polls.
While the BJP coronated Narendra Modi, who is known to be a polarising force in Indian politics both within and outside the party, BJP patriarch LK Advani skipped the parliamentary board meeting here.
Singh met Advani at his residence here on Friday, only few hours before the meeting to convince him on Modi's PM candidature.
According to media reports, dissenters like Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi agreed to put up a united front before the people and media.
After the coronation of Modi, Swaraj said she is happy with the board's decision.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Modi's dynamic leadership would ensure astounding victory for BJP.
"I congratulate Shri @narendramodi on being nominated as party's PM candidate. His dynamic leadership would ensure astounding victory for us," Chouhan tweeted.
"The leadership of Shri @narendramodi shall take India to great heights which this nation and our citizens deserve," he said.
Modi's annointment as the PM candidate was expected after he was made the campaign chief of the BJP for the 2014 elections.
Modi, who is seen to be pitted against Congress vice-preisdent Rahul Gandhi, has the backing of India's corporate world, according to various opinion polls in the past.
--IBNS (Posted on 13-09-2013)