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JD(U) not too worried over Modi as poll panel chief

Leaders of the Janata Dal (United) said they were not "overduly worried" about the possibility of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being put in charge of the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections next year. Mammen Matthew reports.

patna Updated: Jun 09, 2013 01:02 IST
Mammen Matthew

Leaders of the Janata Dal (United) said they were not "overduly worried" about the possibility of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being put in charge of the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections next year.

"It's their call. We don't interfere in their decisions," said senior JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwary.

But would the party read such a promotion as a signal that Modi would be the PM candidate for the Lok Sabha polls?

"We as lesser partners in the NDA have to accept what the lead party dictates for itself. Whether that suits NDA constituents singly or collectively is for each of those parties to consider individually," Tiwary said.

The JD(U) leaderships' consensus in Patna is that party president Sharad Yadav and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar have to take a call on whether quitting the NDA in such a situation is absolutely necessary at this stage.

The majority are against precipitate action, though they add that Kumar's view will matter the most and that he doesn’t rush things.

The view is that Modi being made the BJP’s poll campaign chief would provide the JD(U) enough time to examine the big picture on going forward.

There is also the strong belief, that the Modi hype has started playing too early and may not be sustainable.

"In the wake of almost certain political realignments across the country, the JD(U) could play a prominent part in leading and freezing an anti-Modi consensus. Why not wait for that?" asked a senior JD(U) leader.