Entire BJP behind CM, says Jaitley

Arun Jiatley

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that since so many leaders have campaigned in Gujarat, it indicated that the entire BJP was behind Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Many BJP leaders are going to address rallies. This is a indication that the entire party is standing behind Gujarat BJP and Narendrabhai. We are here to give our party a historic victory," Jaitley said.

The BJP organised 87 public rallies in the state on Sunday and Monday in which leaders will campaign for phase one of the poll.

However, names of L K Advani and Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj are missing from the list.

Replying to a question about rebellion within the party by former chief minster Keshubhai Patel who has fielded candidates from all constituencies in the first phase, and MLA Kanu Kalsaria fighting under the banner of Sadbhavna Manch, Jaitley said, "People will not accept those leaders who have left our party."

"People left BJP not because of ideological differences, but due to personal differences. Those who left the party have regretted their decision. How they will affect us will be clear on the day of result," Jaitley said.

"The Congress does not have any leader to match the calibre of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and that is the reason they are targeting him. I believe that Modi is one leader whose stature has increased due to this systematic targeting," he said.

On the issue of Modi being BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections, Jaitley said, "His stature has increased at the national level, but the party will take a decision at an appropriate time on how to use him in future."

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