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Updated: January 23, 2012 01:22 IST

Gadkari favours Modi as PM

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Ruling himself out as his party's Prime Ministerial candidate, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday favoured Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the top job and promised to back his candidature as party chief.

“I will never be a candidate for PM nor will I topple anybody. Modi has good potential to be BJP president and PM,” Mr. Gadkari told ‘Headlines Today.'

Mr. Gadkari, whose term as BJP president comes to an end in December, said he was not interested in extension of his tenure. “I am ready to work as an ordinary party worker. I will support Narendra Modi to don the mantle.”

Dodging questions who will be the party's likely choice for the PM's post, Mr. Gadkari said: “The BJP is not a proprietary party and we will decide the candidate at the appropriate time.”

Asked whether the party should now launch Mr. Modi on the national stage, he said: “Narendra Modi has very good potential to be both BJP president and PM.”

The BJP chief defended fielding Uma Bharti in Uttar Pradesh and discounted dissensions within the party's State leadership over the import of the firebrand leader into the State.

“Uma Bharti is a national and respected party leader and has been at the forefront of many projects in the State including the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

“If Sonia Gandhi from Italy can contest polls in Amethi, what's the problem with Uma,” he asked.

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That's certainly a right call by Mr. Gadkari. We all wait for the day when Mr. Modi takes any responsibility at national level and see how he performs there. We need people who work with targets to achieve. People who set goals, plan and execute them with a professional approach. Afterall politicians are employees of this country, and we need employees who work for the betterment of the company they work for. Mr. Modi is certainly a good employee at state level.. what he can do at national level remains to be seen.. if he gets a chance! I wish he gets that chance, he deserves it.

from:  Krunal Gandhi
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 18:50 IST

While i don't support what happened in Gujarat in 2002 under Narendra
Modi but the fact is he is a proven administrator who has developed his sate well.There is no second argument on this.He has an altogether different style of functioning which makes things happen fast which most political leaders in India lack. I have been to Gujarat and saw for myself how the state has progressed .Moreover the CM is very accessible.But the media wrapped in time has failed to gauge Modi's potential or at best ignored him.

from:  Chinmay
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 18:25 IST

BJP has taken right decision.

from:  kailash prasad
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 13:49 IST

At least at the fake end of his tenure, Mr. Gadkari proposed a right choice for the post of BJP president as well as candidature for PM

Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 13:06 IST

Well said by Gadkariji. Because he is a democrat from a democratic party unlike Congress. Sonia heads the Congress where many stalwarts are there to lead the party. It is a sheer sycophancy of the Congress seniors who are blindly loyal to Nehru dynasty. It is a dynasty rule.

from:  K. Sanckar
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 11:06 IST

Of course Sonia Gandhi can contest polls even though she is born Italian and that is as per the constitution, but Uma Barathi is a known communalist & and an accuesd in Babri Masjid demolition case, can Gadkari be kind enough to show us which part of the constitution allows them to contest polls.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 09:52 IST

Narendra Modi has the potential to lead the country. He enjoys the support of the rich people of India as his policies have greatly benefitted them and he is seen by many as the only one who is trying really hard to attract foreign investment to India.

But how effective he would be if he takes the mantle of prime ministership. Since he has never been part of the Union Cabinet , his exposure to national politics is limited.
This is a great handicap as he has to understand what majority people of India want and not just the rich and influential people.

from:  aatifanjum
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 09:45 IST

Yes, we need Narendra Modi to root out the corruptions, scams perpetrated by the Congress govt. Modi can propel the country to greater economic success like he did with Gujarat and improved the quality of life of the millions of poor Indian people.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 08:46 IST

Some decision is better than no decision. While only time can tell if
Modi is a good choice or not, certainly BJP needs a leader. Be that
leader Advani, Gadkari, Modi, Sushma, Jaitley or someone else, it is
better than the current situation in which there is no leader.

from:  Amrit Singhania
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 06:55 IST

"Some cause happiness 'wherever' they go and others 'whenever' they
go!So will be the case with Nitin Gadkari!BJP is busy with elections
to five state assemblies!UP is the most crucial one!In such a
juncture the leaders must know the "dos" and "donts"!On the other
hand BJP leaders vie with one another neglecting the "dos" and
running with "DONTS"! The President tops the list every time!Someone
remarked: "Light travels faster than sound"!That's why some people
appear 'bright' until one 'hears' them!"

from:  Palaniappa Meiyappan
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 06:02 IST

no other man except modi can get more vote on pm , he is right man with proved record development and peace,majority of public will support him,, we are also looking forward him tobe next pm of india,,i went to gujrat ,i never seen any big change in elsewhere where corruption is so low,,cm is so accessible,,

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012 at 05:43 IST
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