Focus on Modi on second day of the BJP national executive

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Bangalore, Sep 13(UNI) The focus on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the second day of the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Executive Meeting being held in the garden city gave the impression that he is being groomed as the next political heir to party's Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani.

Mr Modi who had emerged as the next strongman after Mr Advani by leading the party to victory in the last year's assembly elections in the state stood out when he intervened in the discussion while adopting political resolution at the executive meeting today.

Mr Modi was the cynosure of all eyes including media since his arrival here yesterday.

BJP national general secretary H N Ananthkumar was at the defensive when newspersons sought to know from him whether Mr Modi was being projected as the successor Lal Krishna Advani.

Mr Ananthkumar, while briefing the media said Mr Modi had intervened during the adoption of political discussion and had commented that ''the country stands at the cross-roads of an important phase in its life when the government of the day has become a threat its unity and sovereignty.'' Taking a volley of questions from the media, he said "at present Mr Advani is our Prime Ministerial candidate and will form the government if BJP comes to power at the Center".

Evading the repeated queries from the media on Mr Modi succeeding Mr advani, Mr Ananthkumar only said, "Advani ji is the leader of the party and he is the prime ministerial candidate, senior party leader and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee also have blessed Mr Advani for all the success" he said.

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