Ram Madhav clarifies on Jethmalani statement, says it is BJP’s prerogative to choose PM candidate

RSS top Functionary Ram Madhav said Friday said the choice of Prime Ministerial candidate is the BJP’s prerogative. 

New Delhi October 19: ” Meetings do take place. Whether the Sarsanghchalak was affirmative (with regard to Jethmalani’s view), only he can tell you. You have one version of it. What is the other version can only be given by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief. They all sit together and discuss these issues. They sit, people come and express their views before the RSS leadership. It should be taken in that light only,” RSS leader Ram Madhav said.

Ram Madhav, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sampark Pramukh, RSS

Stirring the hornet’s nest in BJP, Ram Jethmalani has strongly pitched for projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.

“Meetings do take place. Whether the Sarsanghchalak was affirmative (with regard to Jethmalani’s view), only he can tell you. You have one version of it. What is the other version can only be given by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief,” RSS leader Ram Madhav said.

Ram Mdhav said that such issues are discussed “among the top leaders of the organisation”. Ram Madhav was responding to questions on Jethmalani’s remarks that Bhagwat was in agreement with his view that the Gujarat Chief Minister was the best choice for the post of Prime Minister.

The RSS leader said that in all these issues, while people go and express their views before the leadership, the organisation generally takes a position that “the matter should be decided by the party whether somebody should be projected as Prime Minister or not”.

“These issues are all prerogative of the party,” Ram Madhav said, stressing that RSS has a long standing position that “all such issues will only be decided by the party”. “They express their views with him, they convey their feelings but in matters like this, which are day-to-day political matters, the party will take a decision. The system is whenever such an issue is to be discussed, it is always
discussed among the top leaders of the organisation.

In a letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Jethmalani said the party must declare its prime ministerial candidate to help convince the voters in its pre-2014 election campaign.

“I do not think that the choice is difficult…I would want Narendra Modi whose integrity and administrative ability are not in doubt,” Jethmalani, a Rajya Sabha member, said in his two-page letter.

(Inputs from http://english.samaylive.com/nation-news/676515806/rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-rss-bjp-bharatiya-janata-party-mohan.html )

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