Although the chorus within the party for projecting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as prime minister may be growing, the BJP won't canvass for any leader for the next Lok Sabha polls in 2014, party chief Nitin Gadkari asserted on Friday.
He also ruled out resigning from his position, saying he hasn't been found guilty despite a number of reports about Purti Group.
"I can say with authority as the party president that we will not project anybody before the elections and announce the PM candidate at the right time only," Gadkari said while answering questions at a media event, Agenda-Aaj Tak, in New Delhi.
"BJP is a democratic party and decisions are taken collectively in consultation with all leaders and our allies," he added.
Gadkari's statements came a day after BJP leader Sushma Swaraji stated at the same event that the candidacy for the PM's post would depend on whether the election is won by an absolute majority or ends up in a fractured verdict.
She also said her view that Modi was capable and fit for the job of PM was presented in a distorted manner.
"Neither the I-T nor company affairs departments have sent any notice based on the Purti stories. There is no notice, high court order or CBI inquiry against me. I have been hung only by the media," Gadkari said.
Around 50 percent of over 3.6 million voters cast their ballots Wednesday in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka, an official said.
Political leaders cut across party lines on Friday to condemn the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna has resigned from the Rajya Sabha to protest against the formation of Telangana.
An all-out factional war has broken out between Harshvardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, with both vying for the Chief Minister's post if the party comes to power.
It is a crucial day for the Congress in Karnataka as by-polls began in Mandya and Bangalore Rural constituencies on Wednesday.
Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said the platform alone cannot help win elections but gives new options of reaching out to public.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.