Overruling his own warning, Singh on Monday, Feb 18 hinted that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi might be elected for the PM candidate for the General elections which is expected to be held in 2014.
BJP's Parliamentary Committee would announce the decision on the candidate in the meeting which would be held in Mar 2013, stated Singh. The party president also expressed his leniency towards the Gujarat Chief Minister while saying, "...Gujarat heavyweight was the most popular leader in the BJP and there is no doubt about it."
Earlier it was reported that Modi would become the head of its campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The move is expected to be backed up gradually as the party prepares for its National Executive and National Council meetings in Mar 2013.
The BJP President also welcomed the statement of the general secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani who earlier on the day had claimed, "that the outlook of the Muslims in Gujarat towards the state's chief minister was changing and several Muslims had voted for him in the last assembly elections."
"In Gujarat, Jamiat workers on the ground have told me that in several assembly segments, Muslims voted for Modi. There is a perceptible change and circumstances are different now... Muslims in Gujarat are economically better off than in several states which have so-called secular governments in power," said Madani.