“No, I am not in the favor that BJP should declare its Prime Ministerial candidate right now. Ram Jethmalani is neither in party's executive nor he is holding any position. BJP has sent him to the Rajya Sabha on the recommendations of Narendra Modi. Jethmalani cannot be a policy maker in the BJP,” Awadhesh Kumar, told this citizen journalist .
He said that this is the most inappropriate time to raise such demands as it also hampers BJP's image. “This is the most inappropriate time when Jethmalani has spoken in Modi's favor. It only ruins BJP image and sends out a message that there is an internal fight going on within the party for PM's post,” Kumar added.
He expected that the BJP will discuss the matter at an appropriate time within the party and with its allies before zeroing on any PM candidate. “I think BJP will declare (its candidate for PM's post) after discussing the matter internally and with its potential and present allies. There is no party in the country today, which can get full majority on its own to form government at Centre and make its chosen candidate as the PM,” Kumar said.
“Although Narendra Modi as per the present calculations seems to be the most favored candidate in the BJP for the post of PM. However, selection of the Prime Ministerial candidate would be made during the elections while keeping in mind the allies and their views. There may be some allies, who may not like to share the platform with the BJP if Narendra Modi is chosen as candidate for the post of PM,” added Kumar.
He further said that the Gujarat's chief minister has failed to present an example of model democracy in his state as there are many state leaders who are either expelled from the party or are sitting unhappy. He said that in politics principles and aims should be given importance over a person.
“In politics principle and aims should be given priority not the person. Unfortunately in Indian politics a person is given more importance than any other thing. This is one of the biggest problems in our parliamentary system. There are very few countries in the world where an individual is given importance over principles. In the UK, from where we adopted our parliamentary system, a person is not given any importance. Because of this wrong thing we can see the dominance of a particular family in the Congress,” said Kumar.
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