No bad blood among BJP top brass for PM candidate: Swaraj

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 15:15 hrs

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday maintained there was no bad blood among its top brass for becoming the party's Prime Ministerial candidate and the decision would be made at the "right time" by the Parliamentary Board, its highest decision-making body.

"There is no fight or bad blood among the BJP leaders. The bad blood is only in the (minds of) media. This makes for a juicy story and so the media wants to write about it," senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said in reply to a question.

Swaraj herself is said to be one of the contenders for the post. As Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha she is the "shadow Prime Minister" as per the Westminster model.

Prominent among the probable candidates for the post are Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Nitin Gadkari.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani has also not been ruled out of the race.

"The decision will be made at the right time by the BJP Parliamentary Board. Whenever the decision is made you (media) will be informed within 24 hours," Swaraj said.

She insisted that BJP had tried different experiments before elections and it was not always that a Chief Ministerial candidate is declared by the party.

Gadkari has said that BJP will not have a Prime Ministerial candidate in the next elections and the choice will be made by the Parliamentary Board after the polls.

However, Jaitley had later indicated that BJP may choose its PM candidate ahead of the polls.

The issue has gained currency since Advani announced his rathyatra and talks of instability in the UPA government.

More from Sify: