This refers to the article “Counting wrongly to 2014” (June 23) on Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial ambitions. Agreed, Mr. Modi is no Atal Bihari Vajpayee but no party has a leader of Mr. Vajpayee’s stature. The former Prime Minister had a huge mass appeal and was respected by all. To compare Mr. Modi alone with Mr. Vajpayee is unfair. It would be better to compare all prime ministerial candidates with him and have a lengthy debate.
The JD(U) has warned that it will quit the NDA if Mr. Modi is projected as its prime ministerial candidate. Nitish Kumar has made his desire for a candidate with secular credentials known. For the BJP leader, it would be an uphill battle without JD(U) support in the Lok Sabha elections.