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Modi has the qualification, the ability to be PM: BJP

December 21, 2012 18:44 IST

Amid a debate on the Bharatiya Janata Party projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said the party would only take a call on the issue before the 2014 general elections.

"No senior leader has so far made any announcement on making someone the prime ministerial candidate. Many friends, well-wishers and non-political people are giving this suggestion. There is a nation-wide debate going on over this. It is a matter of pride for us," he said.

"He (Modi) has all the qualifications; he has the ability to become the prime minister. But elections will be held in 2014. The party leadership will discuss the issue before elections and decide on who should lead the party for elections, whether to project someone as the prime minister. So far, the party has not discussed projecting someone for the prime minister's post and we have not taken any decision," he told reporters.

Naidu was replying to a query on the saffron party's prime ministerial candidate.

The former BJP president said Modi is already a national leader whom the party consulted on important issues. The party always took Modi's views on crucial issues concerning the nation and would continue to do so, the former Union minister said.

Replying to a query, Naidu said he is not aspiring for any post as the party had already given him a lot.

"Let me make it very clear. I have no intention whatsoever. The party has given me everything beyond my capacity. I am not aspiring to be anything, the party president or anything else," he said.

The BJP's victory in the Gujarat elections was comprehensive as it was spread across all regions of the state, Naidu said.

The Congress had made all possible efforts to defame the Modi administration and Congress leaders, including its president, tried to belittle the progress made by the saffron party in Gujarat, the BJP leader alleged.

Talking about the poll outcome in Himachal Pradesh, he said the party accepted the loss with humility.

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