Modi's appointment has nothing to do with us, says JD(U)

Mumbai/ Panaji, June 9 (ANI): Nitish Kumar's JD(U) has refused to comment on the naming of Narendra Modi as Bharatiya Janata Party campaign chief, saying that it had nothing to do with the party.

"He has been named BJP's campaign chief not NDA's, so we have nothing to say in this. It has nothing to do with us", said JD-U leader Devesh Chandra Thakur.

"We would not like to make any comment on this. We have nothing to do with what is happening in Goa meet,"he added.

Modi, who is being touted as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) possible prime ministerial candidate, was on Sunday appointed as the chairman of party's campaigning committee for 2014 election.

The much awaited announcement was made by BJP President Rajnath Singh.

"Keeping the campaign in mind, I have appointed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the campaign committee chairman. His selection was unanimous," Singh said.

"The whole party has faith that he will lead us to victory", he added.

The announcement came at the end of a dramatic two-day conclave that saw strong resistance from party veteran L K Advani and some other senior leaders to the appointment Modi as the chairman of the campaign committee.

Advani did not attend a national executive meet for the first time since the BJP was founded. There have been reports that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wanted a decision to be taken in Goa regarding the appointment of Narendra Modi.

Advani's absence from the office bearer's meeting in Goa has given a clear indication that he is upset with the proposal of making Modi the face of the party's poll campaign panel.

Some senior BJP leaders are also opposed to Modi being projected as the partys foremost leader. Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Uma Bharti, Maneka Gandhi, Varun Gandhi and Shatrughan Sinha did not attend the Goa conclave.

Modi's detractors fear that his elevation as chief of the party's election committee is just one step away from him being declared the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. (ANI)

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