After senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Jethmalani endorsed Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, speculation were rife that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) too would back Gujarat Chief Minister as India's next Prime Minister.
Sources say RSS has denied Modi's stake for the top post.
This decision has been reached after a meeting between members of RSS and BJP.
"The RSS leaders are of the view that Narendra Modi's nomination as NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate would cast a shadow on NDA's poll prospects in 2014. The RSS also believes that the burning issues like corruption and price rise would lose their significance if Modi is declared as NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate," said a RSS leader.
Moreover, RSS also feels that if Modi would be promoted as NDA's PM candidate then Congress could further attack BJP's secular credentials.
However, earlier Jethmalani said that RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat endorsed his view that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should be the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. In an interview to a news channel, lawyer-turned-politician Jethmalani informed that he has written a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari demanding to make Modi as party's PM candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
According to Jethmalani, Gujarat CM is the best choice for the post and BJP should discuss Modi's candidature for the 2014 General elections.