India's "future PM" Modi takes centre stage at BJP conclave

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New Delhi, Sept 27: Rest of the senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were forced to take a backseat as Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi attended the ongoing BJP's conclave at Surajkund in Haryana on Thursday, Sept 27. When Modi is present in any event, his fiery speech and "controversial issues" like his alleged role in Gujarat Riot of 2002, always take the centre stage, leaving others to sit and observe the most talked about BJP leader in the country.

Many analysts say that Modi's presence at any of the BJP's high profile events leave other top leaders of the party like LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley sulking in a corner.

As expected Modi spoke against UPA government's decision to hike diesel price, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.

Speaking on a debate on FDI in retail, Gujarat CM suggested the party leaders to take the issue to village level and offered a systematic plan to negate the Congress' "reforms are back" campaign. Modi suggested that BJP should hold more than 5000 public meetings across the country to highlight the adverse effect of FDI on farmers and traders.

Moreover, since Gujarat assembly elections are likely to take place by the end of November this year, Modi is sure to give a hint about his future course of action for the forthcoming elections. If BJP comes to power in Gujarat again, Modi will get the Chief Minister's post for the fourth time in a row. However, political observers are saying that Modi is looking to grab the Prime Minister's seat at the Centre as his next official destination.

All the top leaders of BJP have come together at the three-day-long conclave to discuss various issues, including forthcoming elections in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

However, another much talked about leader of BJP, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa did not attend the event.

His absence is seen as a setback for BJP in Karnataka, where elections are likely to take place in few months time.

At the conclave, BJP leaders continued their attack against Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

BJP's general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The government isn't working; it is unable to manage allies and blames the Opposition for all that is wrong." He also said that instead of tackling the corruption within, the government uses the CBI to target political opponents. "An extension counter of the CBI should open at the Congress office," he said.

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