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Updated: March 27, 2014 02:49 IST

No question of Modi being replaced, says Jaitley

Smriti Kak Ramachandran
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BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

The BJP is the front runner in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and is poised to form the government, senior party leader Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. He dismissed the possibility of Narendra Modi being replaced as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

“There is no question of an alternative leader,” Mr. Jaitley told TheHindu. “We are the front runners and will have the numbers. There is a large number of traditionally non-Congress parties outside the NDA… let us not overlook that factor.” He was replying to a question whether he would be the party’s nominee for the PM’s position if the allies demanded it and the numbers were to fall short.

Making his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar, land of the Golden Temple, Mr. Jaitley said it was a matter of concern that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots still found resonance across the country.

“Time does heal, but a very large number of people in Punjab have lost faith in the Congress. The issue [the 1984 riots] has not been put to closure by the conviction of many people. That is still a matter of concern.”

“A large part of the 2002 Gujarat riots has been given a closure… most people have been convicted. The kind of inquiries, trial and convictions should be seen in contradistinction to 1984.”

On BJP’s chances of winning, he said the party would hopefully have many more seats than it has had in the past. “The gap between us and the party that comes second will also be significant. Our allies will also get a large number of seats. And, hopefully, between the BJP and allies, we will be reasonably comfortable when it comes to forming the government.”

Dismissive of the Aam Aadmi Party, he said the contest was still between the BJP and the Congress. “Congress does not pose a serious challenge to us. The AAP is only the television opponent of the BJP; [but] on the field, it is still the Congress.”

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Every leader is scared of Modi as he receives the broad support of RSS,
and we totally recognize that the BJP is in under control of RSS. RSS is
an of fanatic Hindu groups which have only agenda to spread Hindutva
across the nation and vote out the ideology of secularism.

from:  Balakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 14:45 IST

As Mr.Jaitley said “Time does heal, but a very large number of people in Punjab have lost faith in the Congress. The issue [the 1984 riots] has not been put to closure by the conviction of many people. That is still a matter of concern.”

Sir, could you apply this notion to Gujarat riot ?

from:  musthafa ck
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 10:14 IST

In the current situation RSS, which every one knows has a strange-hold
on BJP, thinks that Mr. Narendra Modi is possibly the only safe
choice for Prime Minister’s post. Although there are so many others
with prime ministerial ambitions, RSS has approved name of Mr. Modi.
But it is one thing to propel the party to make gains in the Lok Sabha
election and quite anther to run a coalition government with regional
allies. Mr. Modi has hardly ever demonstrated his ability to run a
coalition government. His ability to implement cabinet decisions in
vital areas, which allies think is their domain, will be severely
tested. For example, Mr. Narendra Modi, as Prime Minister, would
realize that even a simple thing as rationalization of prices of
petroleum products will be met with resistance by NDA’s regional
We can only wish that Mr. Modi succeeds to arrest inflation, and put
the Indian economy first on path of revival and then of growth in a
couple of years.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 08:30 IST

Whatever number of seats in Lok Sabha Mr.Jaitely gives to AAP multiply
by 28 since his calculations in Vidhan Sabha elections was 1 seat to
AAP. He if not they are aware that it's only AAP which is rocking the
boat which has resulted in their PM candidate stooping to the lowest
possible limits by using the AK terminology. The kind of candidates
and parties they are getting cozy with or fielding just imagine if
they were to come to power how will theie cabinet colleagues be
called bearing in mind the the terminology used.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 07:48 IST

You are right Mr. Jaitly. Wait for elections results. Either Indian
voter will dump Narendra Modi or Narendra Modi will dump people like you
who are in forefront for projecting Modi for Prime Ministership. If have
doubt, please read recet political history of Gujarat. All those who
batted for Modi have either bowled out or retired hurt.

from:  kapil
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 06:47 IST

Yes BJP is the front runner on corruption. BJP is the front runner on third rate behavior. BJP is the front runner in inducting Muthalik. BJP is the front runner in beating up women and tearing their clothes in the public. Yes BJP is the front runner that will bring a tsunami of corruption all over India just like it did in Gujarat.

from:  sam
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 06:44 IST

Had Jaitly not got ticket from Amritsar , we would have seen his reaction. He got safe seat
displaced Navjot Siddhu, who of course will be rewarded in due course of time. BJP,also
realised that cant afford to annoy Jaitly and he has to be baited .......with Sushma, Advani,
Jaswant , venkiiaha sulking..... He can be dumped later...

from:  K RAMANI
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 05:42 IST

Yes he is right. Aap is only for television..................ha ha ha

from:  prerna
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 05:08 IST

Once started following a blind donkey, you are always left to follow it till the ultimate fall from the cliff. BJP following Modi is no different.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 03:58 IST
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