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BJP names Narendra Modi as chairman of poll panel for 2014
June 9, 2013, 12:38 pm

NEW DELHI: After much speculation, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was on Sunday named chairman of the BJP campaign committee for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2014.

According to Times Now, Rajnath Singh declared Modi as chief of the campaign panel during his valedictory address of the executive meet.

He told the media that he had decided to make Modi chairman of the campaign committee with a view to take the party to victory in the coming Lok Sabha battle.

"Whatever has happened has happened with everyone's backing,"Rajnath Singh added, in an apparent reference to reports that the BJP appeared to be divided over Modi.

The move heralds the emergence of a "gennext" leader post the Advani-Vajpayee era, the moment rendered all the more dramatic as it comes in spite of Advani's entrenched resistance.

The decision to override Advani's views marks a sharp decline in the leader's influence and sets the stage for Modi's projection as a PM candidate well before the 2014 polls.

Reflecting the mood in the party ranks, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar had said Modi should be the "face of the party" at least six months before the general elections. Even Uma Bharati, seen to be close to Advani, wrote to party chief Rajnath Singh saying she will support any decision the party takes.

More details awaited.

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