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It's Chouhan, not Modi

March 28, 2014 13:56 IST
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The BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit prefers the CM over the PM-designate. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/

There is a clamour for Narendra Modi all over the country, with BJP candidates and allies wanting its prime ministerial nominee to address public meetings.

With one exception: BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

If one goes by the state unit's claim, BJP candidates in the 29 Lok Sabha seats want Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to campaign for them over Modi.

Modi too is not keen to travel to Madhya Pradesh extensively.

The Gujarat chief minister is set to skip Vidisha where the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, is in the fray, as well as the entire Bhopal division.

Modi will hold public meetings in the tribal districts of Balaghat and Mandla.

There is buzz in BJP circles that Chouhan has teamed up with Swaraj and they seek constant advice from BJP veteran L K Advani.

The Modi camp says these issues will be factored in if he forms a government after May 16.

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