Not Advani, Jaitley or Sushma, RSS supports Modi as PM

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New Delhi, Oct 19: With each passing day, the prospect of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi becoming country's next Prime Minister is growing strong. After senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Jethmalani openly endorsed Modi's name for the coveted post, it is the turn of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to back Gujarat Chief Minister as India's next Prime Minister.

Although RSS has not yet given any official statement confirming its support to Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate, Jethmalani himself has made the revelation, in an interview to a news channel on Thursday, Oct 18, that RSS is supporting Modi.

Jethmalani said that RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat endorsed his view that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should be the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. RSS is expected to respond to Jethamalani on Friday.

Earlier in an interview to a news channel, lawyer-turned-politician Jethmalani on Wednesday 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 Mr Jethmalani, Gujarat CM is the best choice for the post and BJP should discuss Modi's candidature for the 2014 General elections.

Mr Jethmalani's letter, dated Sept 27, 2012, was sent to the party president when BJP leaders and ministers gathered at Surajkund to attend national executive meet.

The lawyer's letter ignited controversies among NDA leaders as JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been opposing Modi's name for the PM candidature. Earlier, he (Nitish) had threatened to break ties with BJP if the party promotes Modi for the post. However, recently, JD(U) confirmed that they will contest 2014 election along with BJP.

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