BJP power tussle  gets murkier now

Chauhan appears to have added his own bit to the controversy by including Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh in the list of CMs who have performed well in their home states.

New Delhi : The principal opposition party BJP seems unable to resolve the prime ministerial candidate issue, and the controversy gets murkier by the day.

BJP power tussle  gets murkier now

After senior leader L K Advani rated Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan higher than Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, party president Rajnath Singh intervened to assert that the Gujarat strongman was the most popular leader. So, clearly Advani and Rajnath the two key figures in sorting out the issue do not appear to be on the same page.

Chauhan appears to have added his own bit to the controversy. Though he appeared to project himself as a humble person, inadvertently he widened the list of contenders to include the Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh in the list of chief ministers who have performed well in their home states. In an expression of humility, he placed himself at No.3 below Modi and Singh, the obvious political message is clear – if the yardstick to be the prime ministerial candidate is the performance of a person as chief minister, then Modi is not alone. Then the two other contenders are Singh and Chauhan.

 Coming as this does before the party’s national executive meeting in Goa over the weekend, it has triggered speculation that the crucial issue of deciding the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections may be deferred, and not taken up this time.

Right now political observers are giving an upperhand to both Singh and Chauhan in the next round of assembly elections due in November this year, and if they do emerge victorious, then their claims for a promotion to the Centre would be further strengthened, and this would add to the complexities of the task of finalising the prime ministerial candidate.

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