NDA allies' objection to Modi is secondary: Parrikar

PTI, PANAJI | 08 June 2013 11:16 IST

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has dubbed objections of the NDA allies as ‘secondary’ to project Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.

“Modi has already passed the first test of popularity”, Parrikar told PTI today while reiterating his demand to announce Modi as the BJP’s face for the next general election.

If not today, Parrikar felt that his party should announce it at least six months before the election is held.

He is the first BJP chief minister to come out openly in support of his Gujarat counterpart as the prime ministerial candidate when the leadership is hesitating to do so.

Parrikar, while showering praise on Modi for his "administrative capabilities" and "popularity", said the Gujarat Chief Minister's projection would give a tremendous boost to the electoral prospects of the party. 

Parrikar's open support for Modi came on the sidelines of BJP's two-day National Executivewhich is expected to discuss the party's roadmap for elections to the Lok Sabha next year and Assemblies of five states prior to that later this year. 

"On the basis of public opinion, definitely Modi should be the face of the party. I am not saying he should be declared as the Prime Ministerial candidate. But he has to be the face of the party. This is what I am getting feedback of people...I know what is wrong and what is right," he said. 

The Goa Chief Minister said he has got "clear signal" about "public opinion in favour" of Modi because he is in constant touch with the common people. 

"I have some communication with the common people and I get clear signal about that (Modi's projection)," Parrikar said. 

He added that the decision in this regard has to be taken by the party's top leadership and he will respect that even if his view is not accepted. 

Parrikar had two years back described senior party leader L K Advani as "rancid pickle." 

Talking about the National Executive, he said the party should at least announce a schedule about projecting or not projecting any face for the next elections. 

"Technically, elections are 10 months away...you (party) should set a timetable... You should decide whether there should be a Prime Minister (candidate), or probable Prime Minister or give signals. You have to set up a schedule for that," he said. 

The Goa Chief Minister insisted that the projection should be made at least six months before the elections. 

"So there are two months still left for that." Seeking to justify his point, he said, "Considering the psyche of Indian people, a direct or indirect signal should be given...this is my personal opinion." 

He cited his own case, wherein he was not declared as the Chief Ministerial candidate but there were "enough signals" about his being the face of the party which enabled it to come to power. 

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