Amid speculation that BJP leader L K Advani is undertaking his yatra to be in the fray for the next Lok Sabha polls, the senior leader on Friday endorsed a US Congressional report that says Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may be the next Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.
“Now, American lawmakers and the State Department are being primed for the return of the BJP to power in New Delhi, with Modi at the helm as prime minister, following what US analysts say is a ‘precipitous’ decline in the Congress party’s fortunes due to a string of corruption scandals,” Advani wrote on his blog.
The senior BJP leader was quoting from the recent report of the US Congressional Research Service, an independent research wing of the US Congress.
Though Advani did not state categorically whether Modi will be BJP’s PM candidate in the general elections slated for 2014, he agreed with the claims of the report which praises Modi’s performance as Gujarat Chief Minister.
“Although still in some disorder in 2011, there are signs that the BJP has made changes necessary to be a formidable challenger in scheduled 2014 polls. These include a more effective branding of the party as one focused on development
and good governance rather than emotive, Hindutva-related issues,” Advani said, quoting the report.
Modi, who has been accused of not taking appropriate action to control the 2002 Gujarat riots, has since then tried to project himself as a chief minister committed to development and good governance.
Advani also stated that in July 2009 he had taken up with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the issue of Modi’s visa denial in 2005, and told her that the chief minister had not even applied for the same.