Narendra Modi as BJP PM candidate: Why Advani remains a hindrance

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New Delhi, Sept 11: Veteran leader LK Advani once again may play the role of a party pooper for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Party President Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, Sept 11 met Advani at the letter's residence in Delhi. Sources informed that Singh has failed to get the veteran on board. Well-wishers of the party have been going through a rough phase as the party is expected to announce its prime minister candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

It has been reported that the party may declare Narendra Modi's name for the PM nominee. However, Advani and other senior leaders such as Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi were upset with the decision. The anti-Modi group reportedly had asked to postpone the announcement till assembly elections which are due in five states including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Mizoram.

The pro-Modi camp in the BJP felt encouraged to proceed after getting the RSS's nod. The RSS, however, has reportedly asked Rajnath Singh that it is high time to make the announcement.

According to sources, Modi could be declared the prime ministerial candidate on either the 13th or 16th, with the former date looking more likely.

Advani earlier had resigned from crucial posts of the party when the Gujarat CM was elected as the party election campaign chief in June 2013. Modi was made the chief of the campaign for the election which is expected to be held in 2014. However, he had withdrawn his resignations later.

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