Rajeev Shukla pokes fun at BJP after Shiv Sena ignores Modi factor

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): With the Shiv Sena unwilling to acknowledge that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is fast emerging as a frontrunner in his party to be named its candidate for Prime Minister, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla on Friday said there is no unity either in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or its National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

"It is awful conflict and that's why the public must think that when nothing has happened there is so much of commotion within the party and NDA, so if these people are mistakenly vested with power, then what will happen to the government?" he said.

The BJP's ally, Shiv Sena, today did not appear to be enthused about projecting Modi as the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"The country needs a reliable face. Can you find one face who fits? Can you see one? Since we cannot see a clear face, let us elect a strong government," said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at a programme organised by Assocham.

"We have a lot of credible people. Have some patience. We will definitely show you the face," he said later, when asked as to who would be the NDA's face in 2014.

The Sena chief's comment assumes significance for it comes at a time when the BJP has virtually decided to project him as its Prime Ministerial nominee for the Lok Sabha polls next year.

Uddhav Thackeray later had an hour-long meeting with BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, who had last month revolted against Modi's nomination as BJP's election campaign committee chief. (ANI)

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