BJP slammed alliance partner Shiv Sena Tuesday for sticking its neck out on its internal matters.
Top party leaders said: “A formal decision on the NDA prime ministerial candidate will be taken at an appropriate time. Sena has no business to say who should be the prime ministerial candidate of BJP in 2014.”
The BJP leadership in Maharashtra is terribly upset at Sena indicating leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj should be the NDA prime minister candidate.
Sena justified the proposal saying Swaraj was recommended by party chief the late Bal Thackeray.
MP Sanjay Raut said, “The name of Sushma Swaraj for prime minister was suggested by Bal Thackeray and his wish is our command.”
Sena wants to unsettle BJP by raking up the issue.
Senior BJP leader Madhav Bhandari strongly protested. “BJP has not yet outsourced decision-making to allies. The BJP central committee is capable of taking a formal decision on the prime minister candidate at an appropriate time. We have not sought suggestions from any of our allies on this.”
BJP deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde said, “Such important decisions are taken by the core committee of BJP.”
The state unit of BJP said, “The role of alliance partners will be crucial after the 2014 elections. But none of the allies has the right to decide internal matters of BJP.” Sena blamed BJP for starting the debate on prime minister candidate.
Its leaders said: “It was senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who recommended the name of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for prime minister.”
BJP political managers wondered, “Is Sanjay Raut running Sena or party president Uddhav Thackeray? The way Raut frequently shoots his mouth off it gives an impression Uddhav is being led by a handful of second-rung leaders pursuing personal agenda.”