BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi says “no Modi wave”

Kanpur, April 13: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday shocked everyone when he said that "there was no Modi wave but only a BJP wave".

"Modi is a representative of the BJP as its prime ministerial candidate. He gets support from the party and its leaders across the country," Joshi told the media when asked if there was a wave in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Joshi said the Gujarat model would not be implemented as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) model if the BJP-led NDA wins the Lok Sabha election.

Joshi said the decision to deny ticket to former BJP leader Jaswant Singh from Barmer constituency was not a collective one.

"The decision ... did not come for the discussion," said Joshi, adding the matter could have been handled differently.

Gujarat model would not be implemented as the NDA model: M M Joshi

Joshi's "bitter words" over "Modi wave" may be seen as a result of his shift from his base constituency, Varanasi to Kanpur, to pave for Modi in the holy city of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, Joshi was understood to have expressed his unhappiness in the CEC meeting over reports that Modi will be fielded from Varanasi, but ultimately, like a "disciplined soldier" of the party, the stalwart leader accepted the party's decision.

80-year-old Joshi was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 from Allahabad and shifted his base to Varanasi in 2009.

Joshi, who was reportedly "sentimental" about his Varanasi seat, is now all set to contest against Congress strongman SriPrakash Jaiswal in Kanpur.

Joshi was also reluctant on the BJP's decision to nominate Narendra Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate, but with the passage of time, he has accepted Modi as the PM hopeful.

OneIndia News

(With IANS inputs)

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