Narendra Modi fits the bill but no decision on PM candidate, says Venkaiah
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"No senior leader has so far made any announcement on making someone as prime ministerial candidate. Many friends, well-wishers and non-political persons are giving this suggestion. There is a nationwide debate going on over this. It is a matter of pride for us," he told reporters here.
"He (Modi) has all the qualifications, ability to be Prime Minister. But elections will be held in 2014. The party leadership will discuss the issue before elections and decide on who should lead the party for elections, whether to project someone as Prime Minister. So far, the party has not discussed about the prime ministerial projection and we have not taken any decision," he said.
Naidu was replying to a query on BJP's prime ministerial candidate and that some senior leaders appeared to have endorsed Modi's candidature for the top post.
The former BJP chief said Modi, though a Chief Minister, is already a national leader whom the party consulted on important issues.
The party always took Modi's views on crucial issues concerning the nation and would continue to do so, he said. Replying to a query, Naidu said he is not aspiring for any post as the party had already given him a lot.
"Let me make it very clear. I have no intention whatsoever. Party has given me everything beyond my capacity. I am not aspiring to become anything, party president or anything else." BJP's victory in the Gujarat elections was comprehensive as it was spread across all regions of the state, Naidu said.
The Congress had made all efforts to defame the Modi administration and even Raj Bhavan was not spared. Congress leaders, including its president, tried to belittle the progress made in Gujarat, the BJP leader alleged.
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