Will support anybody BJP chooses as PM candidate: Shiromani Akali Dal

New Delhi Amid growing chorus in BJP for projecting Narendra Modi as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) said it will offer "unconditional" support to anyone BJP chooses.

"We do not want to put forward our views. We are a small party. So, being a small party, we are very clear. Whoever BJP and NDA decides, we will support them unconditionally," SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal told reporters when asked about Mr Modi's projection as Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections.

Voices within BJP pitching for Mr Modi as the Prime Minister grew louder yesterday with two MPs Ram Jethmalani and CP Thakur backing him but discomfort among NDA allies was visible with Shiv Sena batting for Sushma Swaraj for the top post.

Another NDA constituent JD(U) has strong reservations against Mr Modi's projections as PM candidate.

This came a day after Yashwant Sinha said the Gujarat Chief Minister should be declared the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, who was followed by eminent lawyer and party Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani saying that Mr Modi was the "best" candidate and that he is "impeccably secular".

BJP President Rajnath Singh has, however, steered cleared of any controversy and refused to make a comment on Mr Modi's candidature and said such decisions are taken by the party's Parliamentary Board.

Story First Published: January 31, 2013 11:54 IST

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