India opposition expected to announce Narendra Modi as PM candidate
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's main opposition party was expected on Friday to announce hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for elections next year, overriding concerns about his polarising character.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may declare Mr Modi, chief minister of economically thriving Gujarat state, as its frontrunner for the post of premier in the national elections due by May 2014.
"There is nothing official about the announcement yet," BJP spokesman Nirmala Sitaraman told AFP.
"But yes, everyone is looking at Mr Modi more than the BJP now. There is a groundswell of support for his leadership. People want an announcement," she said.