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Crucial BJP-RSS meet today, all eyes on PM decision

Crucial BJP-RSS meet today, all eyes on PM decision

New Delhi: The two-day high level 'Samanvay Baithak meeting' of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders is set to begin here Sunday amidst speculations that BJP poll panel chief Narendra Modi likely to be declared as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Party president Rajnath Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley will attend the meet.

According to reports, Rajnath Singh, who held back the announcement in the hope of achieving unanimity on Modi, has decided to go ahead despite continuing reservations from a couple of senior leaders.

He conveyed his readiness to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday and followed that up by apprising former BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi of the same on Thursday.

The BJP President had earlier said the criticism of Modi has increased after he was made the party's campaign committee chief, and added that such attacks by the political opponents would increase in the days to come.

Modi, who is considered by many to be the BJP’s face for the next general elections, had earlier on September 5 said that his main priority is to serve the people of Gujarat till 2017.

"We shouldn't dream about becoming something but doing something. I have been given a mandate till 2017 by people of Gujarat and will continue to serve you," Modi told a class10 boy in Gandhinagar, when asked if he would return soon to address the students as the Prime Minister.

Modi was addressing the students in Gandhinagar on the occasion of Teacher's Day.

BJP's Bihar unit on August 17 passed a unanimous resolution urging the party's parliamentary board to announce Modi as its PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP has, however, not officially endorsed his candidature yet.


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