Stating that both Lal Krishna Advani and Narendra Modi are respectable leaders of the party, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S. S. Ahluwalia on Friday said the Parliamentary Board will take a final call on the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls after proper consultations.
"Both (Advani and Modi) are our respected leaders, one is old and one is young. There is no question now of who will be the Prime Ministerial candidate. You have repeatedly been told that when the race for the Prime Ministerial candidate starts, there will be a meeting and the Parliamentary Board will take a decision on it. It will be decided there," Ahluwalia told media persons here on the sidelines of the BJP national executive meet.
"Today, the topic is something else, we are talking about it. Both (Advani and Modi) are our respected leaders. One is like a father figure and the other is like our brother," he added.
Meanwhile, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu commenting on the issue said there are three years now before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"There are three years now before 2014. The party will take a final call on the issue before that after proper consultation with all the leaders," said Naidu.
"There must have been some reason behind Modi's absence. The issue of Modi's absence is over hyped," he added, when asked about Gujarat Chief Narendra Modi not present at the BJP national executive meet.
Speculations have been rife about a possible internal rift between Modi and BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani.
BJP leader Purushottam Rupala, however, dismissed all speculations and said Modi was engaged in some urgent personal work and that is why he could not come.
"It is a very important meeting. But he (Narendra Modi) was engaged in some personal urgent work and that's why he could not come for it. It's not essential that out of all the expected members, everyone would be able to attend the meeting but it is very fortunate that entire country wants to know the reason behind his absence," said Purushottam Rupala. (ANI)