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Modi meets leaders as poll victory brightens his chance to lead the party

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New Delhi: With the BJP sweeping the bypolls in Gujarat and the JD(U) candidate losing in Bihar, the BJP leadership, ahead of the national executive meeting in Goa this weekend, is under increasing pressure to bring Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the forefront of its 2014 campaign.

Modi, who was here to attend the CMs' conference on Wednesday, met party chief Rajnath Singh and senior party leader L.K. Advani in the capital.

Modi, who was here to attend the chief minister's meet on internal security, met Rajnath Singh ahead of the party conclave in Goa starting Friday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a clean sweep in the assembly by-polls in Gujarat snatching four seats held by the Congress in Morva-Hadaf, Limbdi, Dhoraji and Jetpur.

It also snatched the Porbandar and Sabarkantha Lok Sabha seats from the Congress.

Modi, who has ruled the state since 2001, has not hidden his prime ministerial ambitions. He has massive backing from his supporters - within and outside the party - who want him named the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Advani had recently rocked the Modi boat by comparing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan with iconic former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee.

Rajnath Singh had immediately clarified that Advani's comments had been "misinterpreted" - after the media reported that Advani had come out against Modi.

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