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Congress on Friday downplayed Narendra Modi's anointment as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, while the Samajwadi Party said his "dream will never come true".
DMK president M Karunanidhi indicated that he may not support Modi saying his party "would not go back on its ideology of opposing communalism," while Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress said it was an internal matter of BJP.
"We simply cannot be bothered", Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury told reporters when asked how Congress sees the Gujarat Chief Minister as the PM candidate of the BJP.
Congress put up an air of nonchalance over Modi's anointment after persistently targeting the Gujarat Chief Minister.
"How does it make a difference? How does it matter to us?", Chowdhury asked just hours after the party accused RSS of forcing a decision on BJP over declaring Modi its Prime Ministerial candidate.
"A Nagpur-based shadowy cabal of unaccountable geriatric gentlemen in period attire can ram decisions down BJP's throat and call it internal democracy," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari alleged in a tweet before Modi was announced as BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"There could be possibly nothing more undemocratic than this," he said.
Terming it as an internal matter of BJP, Union Minister Kapil Sibal said "some people want to advance their Diwali celebration, let me celebrate it but we will celebrate Diwali on time".
Asked if Modi poses a challenge to the Congress, he said, "We will be in election mode soon. As and when it comes, we shall deal with all political parties".