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Will finalise greater role for Modi soon: Rajnath

india Updated: Jan 26, 2013 03:14 IST
HT Correspondent

BJP president Rajnath Singh has said that a greater role for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will soon be explored in consultation with other key leaders and Modi himself.

While Singh has maintained the line earlier set by previous party chief Nitin Gadkari that the Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided by the party top brass at the appropriate time, the present statement officially goes one step further to say that there will be consultation on a greater role for Modi in the near future.

“I will soon begin discussions with central leaders on this. I will be speaking to Narendra Modi also, though I will not divulge what I will be discussing,” Singh told TV channels in reply to a query about a possible bigger role for Modi.

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The BJP has also demanded that Shinde be sacked from the cabinet, but there are indications that it may tone this down provided the minister apologises and withdraws his remark, which Singh has said, hurts national prestige and gives Pakistan-based terror outfits an opportunity to paint India as a sponsor of terrorism. HTC

BJP leaders have maintained, off the record, for some time now that Narendra Modi could soon be inducted into the parliamentary board of the party and also named central campaign committee chairman, but Singh’s statement is the first official acceptance that a process of exploring a wider national role for Modi would soon be undertaken.

Meanwhile, a day after Nitin Gadkari reportedly warned income tax (I-T) officials that none would save them once the BJP came back to power, the BJP sought to defend its former party chief, saying officers should not display a bias.

“Officials must work without bias but it seems this time they were biased,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, shifting the blame on income tax officials hemselves.