IIT educated Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today pushed for projecting Narendra Modi as the BJP's "face" for the next general elections. His push should convince the senior and older leaders of the need for taking decisions now.
The divided party should name Modi and then build consensus around him, if consensus is the issue.
Parrikar was not talking all air. While showering praise on Modi for his "administrative capabilities" and "popularity", he said the Gujarat Chief Minister's projection would give a tremendous boost to the electoral prospects of the party.
Modi's projection should come at least six months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls expected around May next year to give "clarity" to the people of the country who "do not like ambiguity", he told a news agency.
"On the basis of public opinion, definitely Modi should be the face of the party. I am not saying he should be declared as the Prime Ministerial candidate. But he has to be the face of the party. This is what I am getting feedback of people...I know what is wrong and what is right," he said.
The Goa Chief Minister said he has got "clear signal" about "public opinion in favour" of Modi because he is in constant touch with the common people.
"I have some communication with the common people and I get clear signal about that (Modi's projection)," Parrikar said. The Goa chief minister is not bluffing. He has recently won the assembly elections and knows the peoples pulse.