Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is likely to head the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a report by NDTV, citing sources close to the party, claimed.
Modi will likely be the face of BJP's election campaign and it will also pitch him directly against Congress' Rahul Gandhi as experts have long predicted.
It's Modi versus Rahul in 2014
The report says the RSS has sanctioned the move to field Modi as the PM candidate with a view towards BJP putting up a strong challenge in the 2014 elections.
Modi on Thursday termed the Congress-led UPA government steeped in corruption and said it would be voted out by the people in the next elections.
Addressing the BJP cadres at the airport in Chennai, Modi, who is on a private visit to attend a wedding function here, said the central government is not delivering on development agenda.
He said the people are dejected by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and will vote it out in the next parliamentary elections.
Modi said the Gujarat people voted him back to power in the recent elections as he had delivered on development plans, adding if he had failed in delivery, the people would have voted him out.
It is also a possibility that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could walk out on BJP, splitting the BJP-JD(U) ties, if Modi was made the Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014.
The seven-year old partnership between JD(U) and BJP had come under stress recently with a section of state BJP leaders, including Thakur, giving statements in support of the Gujarat Chief Minister as the party's nominee for the prime ministerial post.
Kumar had on several occasions taken an anti-Narendra Modi stand by pitching for a secular person be projected as NDA's prime ministerial candidate.