With Modi scoring a hat-trick, and improving BJPs 2007 tally of 117 seats, the focus has now shifted from Ahmedabad to Delhi. With his emphatic win, Modi has consolidated his position as a prime ministerial candidate for 2014 elections. This has only intensified the ongoing debate on whether he will be acceptable to the other NDA allies, as well as future partners, as prime ministerial candidate in 2014 elections.
Some BJP leaders have openly thrown their lot behind Modi on prime ministerial candidate issue. Karnataka chief minister Jagdish Shettar said with Modis victory this year, India was all set to see him as the next Prime Minister, in 2014. Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay described him as the most suitable candidate for Prime Ministership and even hailed him as the greatest leader after former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
However, the Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP in Bihar and an NDA partner, reacted by saying that Modi was not acceptable as prime ministerial candidate as his credentials were not secular. The JD(U) said that its leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was a better choice for prime ministership.
Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan said he wont back Modi for prime ministership as he had not given tickets to Muslim candidates.
On the other hand, potential allies like AIADMK were quick to reach out to Modi after his win. Tamil nadu chief minister and AIADMK leader called up Modi and congratulated him after his victory.
Jayas arch rival in the state, K Karunanidhi of the DMK backed Congress saying the latter had emerged stronger after the polls. "The poll results of Gujarat and Himachal show the Congress is growing and BJP weakening," he told reporters in Chennai.
Congress leader Ashwani Kumar described Modis victory as a politics of communalisaion, saying Modi was always emerged successful in polarising voters.
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