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Modi "extremely" popular leader, says Jaitley

Press Trust of India  |  Bangalore 

Refusing to be drawn into the Modi versus Rahul debate on Prime Ministerial candidature, BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said the Gujarat Chief Minister was an "extremely" popular leader whose views are being heard with great attention and scrutiny.

"I am not going to get into this debate between individuals. But the fact that he (Modi) is an extremely popular leader and his views are being heard with great attention and scrutiny by a very large sections of Indians is itself self-evident", Jaitley told reporters here.

Jaitley was responding to a question about "Modi wave all across the country" and whether the BJP was waiting for the Congress to declare Rahul Gandhi as its Prime Ministerial candidate before the BJP named its choice.

On a report that he had advised the BJP leaders not to promote any leader, Jaitley snapped back, "My advice to you is do not believe the media on everything it writes."

He also dismissed a query on a reported statement by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivarj Singh Chouhan that he is not in the reckoning for the Prime Minister's post as he did not carry the persona for it. "I am not aware of any such statement.

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First Published: Tue, April 09 2013. 16:00 IST