Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is now the head of the BJP's campaign to win back power in a general election due by next May, and is widely expected to become the party's prime ministerial candidate.
In recent decades, Independence Day speeches have been notoriously repetitive, regardless of the speaker. While this holds true for this year too, Narendra Modi’s speech added an extra dash of colour.
The PM’s seemingly waffling approach to governance in his second term has created the space for Modi’s diametrically opposite and, often scary, authoritarian style, writes Barkha Dutt.
Rahul is younger, English-speaking, telegenic and tech-friendly. And yet, as most recent youth surveys suggest, it is Modi who is the preferred choice of young Indians. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.
Mr Modi now has to do a considerable amount of firefighting to contain the damage. If Mr Vanzara’s outburst can effect a change of policy, he will have done a signal service.
The RSS-BJP meet, many thought, would resolve the issue of the party's prime ministerial candidate once and for all. But, like such meetings before, apart from very strong hints, no announcement has been made.
Announcement likely today when the party's parliamentary board meets in New Delhi. Party stalwart LK Advani indicates he is still opposed to the Gujarat leader. Shekhar Iyer reports. See Full Coverage: The rise of Narendra Modi
Ahead of the much-debated decision on Narendra Modi, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said an overwhelming public opinion wants the BJP to name its prime minister candidate well in advance.
The boy from a lower middle class family in small town Vadnagar in north Gujarat can become prime minister if the country votes the BJP to power.
From selling tea as a boy at a railway station in Gujarat, 62-year-old Narendra Modi is now the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chosen one to lead it into the Lok Sabha poll battle due in 2014.
The Friday announcement brought hundreds of Narendra Modi supporters to the streets — dancing to drumbeat, bursting crackers and distributing sweets — in Ahmedabad.
While the Indian media kept its focus on LK Advani's opposition to Narendra Modi's elevation as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the foreign press found it hard to let go of Gujarat chief minister's 'divisive' past, writes Jyoti Sharma Bawa.