Mumbai: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patches up and reconciles with its
leaders -- with an eye to the general elections -- former
Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Friday made a strong
pitch for making Narendra Modi the party's prime ministerial
candidate for 2014.
On a day when the BJP seems to have bridged most gaps and is
scheduled to pass a political resolution against the "misrule" of
the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government,
Yeddyurappa, who has just patched with the central leadership,
came out in support of Modi, the party's star chief minister of
Yeddyurappa, who, according to sources, decided to come only after
Modi landed here, also said that he would work for the party and
blamed secretary general Ananth Kumar for causing misunderstanding
between him and the party.
"The whole nation wants to see Modi as the prime minister, the
party should portray him as its prime minister candidate for
2014," Yeddyurappa told reporters as he landed in Mumbai,
reiterating what he had said in Bangalore Thursday evening.
Modi made the decision to attend the party meet after his rival
Sanjay Joshi, who was backed by Gadkari, quit from the national
panel of the party.
After a patch-up with party president Nitin Gadkari, Modi is now
expected to share the stage with him Friday evening at a party
The Gujarat chief minister has extended his schedule to attend the
rally Friday evening, which is to feature all the BJP-ruled chief
ministers and key leaders of the party.
According to sources, Yeddyurappa is also likely to be on the high
podium at the rally here in evening.
Yeddyurappa, meanwhile, was seen extending all-out support to
Gadkari, saying he was in Mumbai to "congratulate" Gadkari for his
second term as the party president.
"He has stood with me like a stone in every situation, so I must
go and meet him," Yeddyurappa said.
While stating that he did not want any post for himself and will
work to make the party stronger in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa also
targeted party leader Ananth Kumar for spreading "rumors" about
him in Delhi.
"Ananth Kumar must stop what he is doing or the party leadership
will take action," Yeddyurappa had said earlier in Bangalore,
before leaving for Mumbai.
On a day when it seems to be bridging all gaps within the party,
the BJP is expected to reiterate what its president Nitin Gadkari
said on the first day - the party is the "solution" to "problems"
created by the Congress-led UPA government.