BJP undecided on who to project as next PM


New Delhi : As the buzz about early elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday said it was yet to decide who should be projected as the future prime ministerial candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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Admitting that the BJP would actively discuss the prospects of elections at its three-day national executive meeting in Bhopal from Friday, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar sidestepped the crucial issue.

“We will keep you informed of all the discussions that will take place there,” is all he told reporters here.

Asked specifically if there would be any discussion on projecting Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate, he repeated the same statement.

There is no certainty whether former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be fit enough to attend the meeting. It would depend on the doctor’s advice.

The government affidavit on Ram Sethu issue – where it doubted the historical veracity of the Ramayana – will find a special mention in the political resolution.

“The political resolution will address the divisive role being played by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The affidavit will find a special mention in that context.”

Other focal points in the political resolution would be the Sachhar Committee report on minorities and “the communalisation of reservations and such other issues”, Javadekar said.

The economic resolution “will focus on the betrayal of the aam aadmi” he said, elaborating that it would address the problems of “gaon, garib and kisan” (village, poor and the farmer).

While concentrating on farmers’ suicides, it will also discuss the price of farm produce, the import of wheat and the special economic zones (SEZ) “all of which have collectively contributed to the miseries of the rural poor”, he said.

The third resolution will be on internal security and rise of terrorism under UPA rule.

“There were incidents of terrorist strike even in the NDA regime. But then be it parliament attack or Akshardham, the terrorists always got killed. Leave alone killing them the present regime cannot even trace them,” he said.