BJP may anoint Modi between 5 to 20th september

September 01 2013

Setting all speculations aside, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is all set to anoint BJP campaign panel chief Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming general elections 2014. The announcement may be made by party president Rajnath Singh between September 5 to 20th in Delhi.

Despite the party heavyweights like Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj objecting to Modi’s candidature, Sangh wants to formally announce his name for the top job in order to clear any misgivings. Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, accompanied by other leaders such as Suresh Soni and others, have already arrived in the national capital on Thursday for a three-day visit. Sangh has two clear agendas: putting a seal of approval on Modi’s name as the PM candidate and giving a boost to the old agenda of the organisation. It may be recalled that Sangh had said that leaders beyond 75 years of age should take retirement from active politics and become mentors to the new crop of youth leaders.

Sources say that Sangh doesn’t want two power centres in the party with Advani spearheading the group of dissidents’ leaders such as Jaswant Singh and Murali Manohar Joshi, whose views are often different from that of Modi.
Sources say that Sangh is not happy with leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj’s tweet through which she had expressed her wish to share her views with the youth of the nation by visiting colleges and universities after the monsoon session as the concept was already initiated by the Gujarat chief minister who had visited Shri Ram College of Commerce in
Delhi and Pune’s Fergusson College, for which he had received accolades.

The Sangh leadership also wants to make sure that no one poses challenge to Modi’s PM candidature. Modi’s close confidants say that astrologers have suggested him that stars would favour September 5 as the date of announcement for his candidature and the Gujarat CM has already conveyed his sentiments to Rajnath and the RSS chief. Senior BJP leader and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has openly spoken about the need to announce Modi’s name now. Rajnath too has accepted Jaitley’s views on several occasions.

Sangh wants to send a clear message to senior leaders Advani, Joshi and Jaswant Singh, who were eyeing Bhopal, Allahabad and a seat of Rajasthan respectively, that they will be brought into the Rajya Sabha and will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
The three big heavyweights are in a state of shock with the decision. During his Delhi stay, Bhagwat is all set to express the party’s sentiment to the leaders that the decision taken for them won’t be compromised and has to be implemented in compulsion.

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