Dismissing reports of differences with other NDA partners over projection of LK Advani as prime ministerial candidate, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has said the coalition had unanimously declared his name for the top post.
"NDA had declared Advani as its prime ministerial candidate unanimously in a meeting of all its allies, a few months back," Joshi, who is the former Union HRD Minister said in an exclusive interview to PTI.
He said Advani's name was proposed for the post by the then NDA convener George Fernandes, and it was supported by one and all present.
About JD(U) head and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announcing that his party will not project Advani as the PM, Joshi said, "there was no such dispute in the NDA, it could be misreporting by the media."
In NDA's meeting, JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav, Nitish Kumar, George Fernandes, BJD leader Naveen Patnaik, all senior BJP leaders and other allies were present, Joshi said. "If any one disputes the decision, it is neither morally correct nor proper."