India's opposition names hardliner Narendra Modi as PM candidate
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's main opposition party named hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday ahead of elections next year, overriding concerns about his polarising character.
"Sri Narendra Modi will be our prime ministerial candidate," party chairman Rajnath Singh told a press conference called after a meeting of leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The decision caps the rise of 62-year-old Mr Modi in the party, which has spent nearly a decade in the political wilderness.
He smiled while posing for photos in a yellow tunic and wearing a garland of flowers.