New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday lauded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his successive win in the assembly polls, and added that the party would take a final call on the prime ministerial candidate in 2014.
"Well, this is a 2012 election. This settles issues with regard to 2012. 2014 the issues will be discussed, decided when that situation arises," he told the media here.
Jaitley, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, further said Modi enjoys a very good support and the confidence of the BJP cadres.
" He has already been a very important leader for the party. He enjoys a very good support and the confidence of the cadres in the party. Outside the party also, his talk in the public across the country is very high," said Jaitley.
"The fact that he has been able to score such an emphatic win third time in a row amply demonstrates that factor. But internal organisational questions will be decided at appropriate time within the organisation," he added.
Jaitley claimed that Gujarat is one state of the country where the BJP has succeeded in defying the anti-incumbency factor repeatedly.
"There was a big national focus on Gujarat. The BJP has won the last five elections in Gujarat continuously. And the last three elections have been won under the leadership of Narendra Modi. There is a phenomenon in Indian politics, which is called anti-incumbency. Gujarat is one state where we have succeeded in defying that anti-incumbency repeatedly," said Jaitley.
"And one reason why we have been able to do that is because there is a huge amount of comfort level, which people have with the leadership and the performance really gives that comfort level. Congress has a lot to introspect about Gujarat. They put in all their strength as far as Gujarat is concerned. They tried their best. They carried on a campaign, which is a very malicious campaign they have carried on for the last 11 years," he added.
Modi, who is on the road to performing a hat-trick in Gujarat, won from the Maninagar assembly constituency by over 86,373 votes and defeated his rival Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt
According to latest reports, the BJP is leading in 116 seats in Gujarat and the Congress alliance is ahead in 62 seats. (ANI)