Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday backed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the National Democratic Alliance’s prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader said that his party would support the decision taken by the BJP and the NDA.
“We are a smaller ally, so whoever BJP decides we will abide by that… Narendra Modi is a good leader. He has done tremendous work in development,” Badal said supporting Modi as the candidate.
To a question on Janata Dal-United’s (JD-U) objection to Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, Badal said, “I don’t want to comment on what JD-U does, but we will be always with the BJP.”
The BJP as well as the NDA have been giving divided views on who should be the alliance’s candidate to lead its campaign for the general election, scheduled next year.
While many leaders in the BJP have openly supported Modi, JD-U has also repeatedly indicated its opposition to the Gujarat heavyweight as he was considered a communal face of the BJP. The Shiv Sena joined the debate suggesting Sushma Swaraj’s name for the post, saying she was the best candidate in the BJP.