'No one is upset in BJP over Modi's anointment as PM candidate', says Rajnath

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Two days after the anointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that nobody was upset with his decision.

"I want to make it clear that nobody is upset in the BJP. Such rumours are baseless, said Singh, in an apparent reference to party patriarch LK Advani, who is opposed to Modi's elevation.

"There is no need to repeat it all over again. There is no difference of opinion in our party," he added.

He further said that all the Chief Ministers belonging to the BJP had given their consent to the name of Modi.

"With consent of everyone; we have nominated him (Modi). Every chief minister's were consulted before announcing Modi's name as a PM candidate," he added.

BJP on Friday announced Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

The announcement came after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board in Delhi, which unanimously decided to project Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.

"We have projected Narendra Modi as our PM candidate," Rajnath Singh told media here after the parliamentary board meeting.

Modi thanked his party's central leadership for giving him such an important responsibility, and expressed confidence that the BJP would emerge victorious in the next general elections.

"The BJP has always given me the opportunity to work for progress and development of the party and the nation in various capacities. Today, the BJP's central leadership has given me a very big responsibility," said Modi.

"With the blessings of the national leadership and love of the party workers, I am sure we will win. I whole-heartedly thank the party workers and national leadership," he added.

Modi assured his party workers and supporters that he would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the BJP emerges victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani was not present in the parliamentary board meeting.

Several attempts had earlier been made by senior leaders to convince Advani, who had resigned from all party posts when Modi was appointed the election campaign committee chief in Goa earlier this year.

The BJP President even met the stalwart at the latter's residence here on Wednesday, but failed to convince him. (ANI)

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