Twitter chatter on Modi’s ‘charisma’ and Advani aid’s Dogma!
Advani camp member saying Modi is a “socially polarizing” figure
New Delhi: Sharp differences over naming of Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate spilled into the open today with an Advani camp member saying Modi is a “socially polarizing” figure while its Bihar leader Sushil Kumar Modi felt there is no other alternative to him.
Attacking Narendra Modi, Advani’s close associate Sudheendhra Kulkarni asked as to how a leader who has “polarised” the society and even his party can run a stable and effective government at the centre. “A socially polarising leader has polarised his own party. Can he run a smooth, stable and effective government at the Centre? THINK SERIOUSLY!” Kulkarni said on Twitter about Gujarat CM without naming him.
Though Advani is said to be opposed to Modi being declared BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, he has not spoken out openly on the issue. However, the timing of remarks made by Kulkarni, virtually considered Advani’s alter ego, is significant and are seen as echoing the BJP leader’s views amid attempts to bring him around on Modi issue.
Talking with PTI over the name game, Kulkarni said, “Elections are seven months away. People want a change. But who will provide the change? Leaders who themselves are polarizing the society?”
He maintained that there is no unanimity in the party about the Prime Ministerial candidate. “Question does arise that can such a leader ensure a smooth government and peace in the society,” he said.
Amid hectic efforts to convince L K Advani on declaring the Gujarat Chief Minister as BJP’s prime ministerial nominee ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Sushil Kumar Modi, a party leader from Bihar, said the veteran leader had failed to gauge the public mood in this regard. Advani is appearing to be a stumbling block for the BJP in finalising Modi’s name.
On the other hand, Sushil Kumar Modi, chief of BJP’s Bihar wing and Ex- Deputy CM, said on Twitter, “Advaniji has failed to gauge the public mood. Advaniji himself declared Atalji as PM candidate. Now also he could have done the same for Namo,” he said.
He later told TV channels that the entire country wants Modi, especially in Bihar, where both in rural and urban areas, BJP workers want Modi as the PM candidate. “In my forty years of political life, I have never seen the frenzy and craze that Modi has managed to generate,” he said, adding, “The entire country wants him, we have no other alternative,” Sushil Kumar Modi said. Sushil Kumar Modi, however, clarified that his tweet– politics is the only profession in which people aspire till their last. Ministerial berth can resurrect a dead politician, was not aimed at Advani. “It is a general comment. Advani will remain our tallest leader,” he said.