Often pitted to counter Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the decision to hand over the reins of the BJP poll campaign to the Gujarat Chief Minister would benefit not only the party but the entire country.

“I am confident that not only the party but the entire country would benefit by the decision taken by the BJP President under the guidance of L.K. Advani and in consultation with senior party leaders,” Mr. Chouhan told reporters in Panaji.

Only last week AMr. dvani, who is strongly opposed to the elevation of Mr. Modi in the party hierarchy, had heaped praise on Mr. Chouhan and compared him with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“I congratulate him (Modi). We all will work tirelessly to ensure that BJP forms the government at the Centre in 2014,” Mr. Chouhan said reacting to MR. Modi’s appointment as Chairman of BJP’s Campaign Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He said Mr. Advani’s blessings would always be with Mr. Modi and other leaders of the party.

“Vajpayeeji and Advaniji are personalities who have taken the BJP to great heights. We have grown up under the guidance and affection and their blessings are always with us,” Mr. Chouhan said.

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