BJP elevates Narendra Modi as poll panel chief for 2014 Last Updated: Sunday, June 09, 2013, 16:29 Panaji: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is set to lead the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced Modiâ€™s elevation as BJPâ€™s poll panel chief for the upcoming Assembly elections and the General Elections. Addressing party members at the meet, the BJP president said, â€œThe country is looking up to the BJP. We need to get prepared for the elections and Modi is the most appropriate person to lead the party to the electionsâ€¦he is the most popular chief minister.â€ He added that the decision was taken on the basis of consensus. Following the announcement, senior party leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj garlanded Modi on the stage. Later, speaking to mediapersons, the BJP president said, "I want to give you a significant information. ...I have announced (at the National Executive) that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Chairman of the BJP Election Campaign Committee, keeping in mind the challenge of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and to achieve victory in the polls." Reacting to the development, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh congratulated Modi, but ruled out any comparison between the Gujarat Chief Minister and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. The big ticket decision was taken at the BJP National Executive in Goa despite strong opposition from party veteran L K Advani and his supporters. Reportedly, Advani had offered a compromise formula, suggesting that Modi be appointed as the convenor and not the chairman of the poll panel. However, the suggestions were kept aside in the wake of strong voices of support for the Gujarat Chief Minister from within the party. Advani, who was reported to be sick, skipped the BJP National Executive meet for the first time in his entire career. He was backed by several other senior leaders like Yashwant Sinha, Uma Bharti and Jaswant Singh, who also chose to remain absent from the meeting. Modi, who arrived in confidence amid a rousing welcome at the three-day conclave, had a string of leaders clamouring to anoint him as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Following this, the BJP had said that the â€œbig announcementâ€ would be possible on Sunday. Party president Rajnath Singh, who has appeared to be on Modi's side, in his inaugural address to the meet had said all would go home "happy and enthusiastic". BJP elevates Narendra Modi as poll panel chief for 2014 **************************************************** So, BJP preferred Modi to Advani. It was Advani who took BJP from a 2 seat Party to the juggernaut it became. Rather a sad way to put him to pasture. However, it does not mean that Modi will be the PM because one wonders if he can bring the NDA on board. It will also be a wonder if BJP under Modi can have enough seats to not require help from any other political party or from the partners in the NDA. Nitish will surely not root for Modi as the PM!