NEW DELHI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed confidence that the controversial Chief Minister of the western state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, would be able to lead the saffron outfit to victory in the next general elections slated for May 2014.
BJP chief Rajnath Singh said that under Modi's leadership, the party would be able to form the next government, along with its allies, whose economic policies would help restore the country's pride globally.
"We hope to get 272 plus seats in the 2014 elections. Give us 272 plus seats and we will form a government whose economic policies will restore India's pride globally," the BJP President said in Mumbai.
Singh's statement came a day after he announced Modi's appointment as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections, despite stiff opposition from party patriarch and former Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.
Modi, a mascot for development and credited for making Gujarat one of the most prosperous states in India, has long been perceived as a rising star in BJP, despite being accused of turning a blind eye to 2002 communal riots in which over 1,000 people, mostly minority Muslims, were killed.
The three-time Gujarat chief minister denies the charge and has not been convicted by a court of law till date.