Modi win fails to impress JD(U)

Narendra Modi’s hat trick may have boosted the BJP’s hopes for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but its largest partners in the NDA coalition Janata Dal United -JD(U)- seems unimpressed by the Gujarat strong man and is in fact confident that the saffron party will not declare him as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

While the apparent lack of enthusiasm amongst JD(U) leadership on Modi’s victory is pretty much on expected lines, there is also a visible sense of relief as the Chief Minister failed to cross the 117 mark he had set during the previous elections.

“We are sure that they (BJP) would never project him as a prime ministerial candidate. They could not have done this even if Modi had won 150 seats. This can be done only when the party would not be in a position to comprehend political reality of the country,” a top JD(U) functionary told Deccan Herald while reacting to Thursday’s election results. 

“We hardly hide our reservations on Modi. We will never support him as a PM candidate. We do not have any alliance with BJP in Gujarat either. We contested Gujarat elections to oppose him and also won a seat,” the JD(U) functionary added. “If you ask me then I will say that Nitish Kumar is the better PM candidate. Narendra Modi has been elected as the head of the state as a Chief Minister, not a Prime Minister.” JDU MP Sabir Ali told a news channel. He also failed to find anything remarkable in his victory, “Modi has retained (the seats) he already had but there is no landslide.”
DH News Service

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