In the midst of a raging debate in the party over its next Prime Ministerial candidate, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani on Saturday said the party has several leaders who can perform any given responsibility.

A report of the U.S. Congressional Research Service had stated that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be the next Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP. Mr. Advani had endorsed the views of this report on his blog on Friday.

Mr. Advani, who is here to support Mr. Modi’s three-day fast starting today for peace, unity and harmony in Gujarat, was asked by reporters if the Gujarat Chief Minister has the capacity to deliver better than other BJP leaders.

“Party has several such leaders who can deliver and who have the capacity to discharge any responsibility the party gives them. So far as this is concerned, there is hardly any doubt. Therefore, I have already written about this on my blog yesterday,” Mr. Advani said in his reply.

He maintained that whatever he has to say on this issue, he would say to his party.

“Whatever I have mentioned in my blog, it also has a meaning to it,” Mr. Advani said.

“Although still in some disorder in 2011, there are signs that the BJP has made changes necessary to be a formidable challenger in scheduled 2014 polls. These include a more effective branding of the party as one focused on development and good governance rather than emotive, Hindutva-related issues,” Mr. Advani said, quoting the U.S. report.

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