New Delhi: The BJP has laid the debate to rest. Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Gujarat, party spokesperson Vijay Rupani said after weeks of hunting for a seat for the prime ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh.
“The maximum number of BJP supporters want Modi to contest from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. So Modi will definitely contest from Gujarat,” Rupani said.
The BJP was earlier planning to field Modi from Varanasi – MM Joshi’s constituency – and send the latter off to Kanpur.
Joshi, however, made his displeasure known. He said he will follow the party diktat but the party must also keep in mind the winnability besides the “prestige” of the prime ministerial candidate while taking a decision.
Congress took potshots at the BJP over its indecisiveness. “The way Shankar Sinh Vaghela was forced to retire by Modi, then same was done with Mr Advani and now it is being done with Murli Manohar Joshi. My personal advice to the BJP is maintain the age-old tradition of India, which is to always respect the elders,” Randeep Surjewala said.
The BJP will announce its candidates from Gujarat after Holi and its Parliamentary Board will decide on fielding party patriarch LK Advani from Gandhinagar, Rupani told mediapersons.