Modi kicks off PM race

On Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj met party patriarch LK Advani in a bid to mollify him following the party’s decision to name Gujarat Chief Minister NarendraModi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

BJP President Rajnath Singh declared Narendra Modi as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls. File Pic

And, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “People of the country will not tolerate or accept a leader, whose idea and policy is divisive,” adding that BJP’s decision as ‘Vinash kale vipreet buddhi’ (When we face difficult times, our thinking gets warped).

Meanwhile, Modi is expected to target the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on national security in his first rally today as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections today.

Modi will speak on matters concerning ex-servicemen, including challenges faced by them in seeking post-retirement employment. His speech is likely to be watched for any promises he makes on issues concerning ex-servicemen and his attack on the UPA government for its handling of security issues such as incursions by China and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

A day before the event, Haryana Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said Haryana did not have to take lessons from Modi's model of governance in Gujarat. “Modi should have chosen a state that lags Gujarat. Haryana is ahead of Gujarat in key fields, including social welfare schemes, especially for defence personnel and ex-servicemen,” Yadav said.

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