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Will Narendra Modi become the next PM?

Ahmedabad, Aug 29 (): According to some political observers, they say that the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra modi, despite several ongoing investigations, continues to enjoy the state electorate’s support that was reflected by his success in the last two assembly elections in 2002 and 2007, and is once again widely expected to win another five-year term.

Modi, often avoids the question when asked by reporters whether he has an eye over the top choice for the post of prime minister with a support of 21% of those surveyed, when compared to Rahul Gandhi’s 10%. The polls that are expected to take place later this year is shaping up as a contest between Mr. Modi (the Gujarat tiger) and Rahul Gandhi (A youth and scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political empire).

After a decade of the deadly riots in India’s western state of Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has himself positioned politically as a straightforward administrator and an economic reformer of a fast developing state. But the inheritance of having control over the country’s worst-ever outburst of religious violence continues to be a major political legal responsibility for him.

Mr. Modi, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was deeply condemned for failing to stop violence in 2002 in which 2,000 people were killed, maximum being Muslims.

Sensible leaders such as Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) have openly suggested that they might not back Mr. Modi, according to various local media reports. Recently, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar hinted that he would strongly oppose if Modi is portrayed as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate.

Some political analysts inquired how broadly is Narendra Modi supported outside his state. “Mr. Modi isn’t immensely admired or eminent in other states except Gujarat”, said Badri Narayan, a politics professor at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute in Allahabad. People do not consider him as a PM candidate, said Mr Narayan.

“Many people are not aware of his fiscal achievements. People know him as a forceful fundamentalist. Modi could be alarming if he activates the Hindu right groups and encourages sectarian issues in the coming election, but there is a danger in that,” said Mr Narayan.

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