Media reports doing rounds claim that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) have agreed on not declaring any one as their prime minister candidate for upcoming general elections in 2014.
Mohan Bhagat who is chief of RSS , Rajnath Singh who is BJP chief and L K Advani who is senior most BJP leader are said to be on agreement regarding the decision to go for polls without making anyone as Prime Minister candidate.
BJP and RSS are said to have reached this decision by conducting survey on all loksabha constituencies of India .
This is very difficult decision to make considering demand for making narendra modi as prime minister candidate in growing among party cadres and third tier of bjp leadership.
BJP top brass on other hand want to play it safe . A section in bjp believe that making narendra modi as their candidate for prime ministership would shift the focus from corruption , misgovernance , policy paralysis at center to communal-secular debates.
People in name of secularism would then ignore the fact that this is among worst governments ever and vote for them.
Another section in bjp believe that they have nothing to loose and everything to gain by projecting narendra modi as prime minister candidate. They believe that by doing so BJP would strengthen itself on urban seats and get some where around 170-180 on its own (some believe it would be 200 seats).
Top brass wants modi to lead the campaign and then decide on prime minister ship after the polls.(in case they win). By waiting till results , bjp can then take a call depending on number of seats , it won.
BJP’s one of oldest ally though can spoil bjp’s plan. JDU wants NDA to decide about prime minister candidate before polls. They would cite l k advani’s example. In 2009 L K Advani was project a pm candidate of NDA.
BJP’s another ally uddhav too wants NDA to get together and decide on the name .Uddhav thackeray’s dad Bal thackeray was supportive of sushma swaraj’s candidature for pm.
OUR TAKE :
BJP’s best chance are with narendra modi. People like him or hate him but modi has huge fan following across India. BJP by projecting him can play gamble.Modi might bring them 200 seats or his candidature would consolidate congress’s seats by minority. If that happens BJP would have to seat in opposition which they already are in.