Announce PM candidate now: Uddhav to BJP

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Friday asked the BJP to announce its prime ministerial candidate at the earliest to avoid any last minute confusion before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"Next year the country will go to the polls. At that time it would be imperative to discuss about the PM candidate. In that case what is the harm in discussing about it right now," he said in an interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana.

Thackeray said at the time of the presidential election, "there was no unanimity in the NDA. Till the last minute we could not identify a candidate."

Uddhav reiterated that his father had suggested Swaraj's name for the post and that if there are other candidate, it should be discussed.

The Shiv Sena has flip-flopped on its stand on the PM candidate with MP Sanjay Raut saying it had no problems in Narendra Modi being made the prime ministerial candidate. However it backtracked with Raut later stating that it favoured Sushma Swaraj.

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