Narendra Modi, was on Friday named the prime ministerial candidate by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The decision, which has been considered a given since Modi was named chief of the BJP campaign committee for the 2014 elections around June 2013, saw dissension within the party as senior leader LK Advani chose to distance himself from the decision.
Twitter, however, largely had a show of support with even Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, congratulating Modi. Chouhan was considered Modi's rival for the BJP PM candidature.
The leadership of Shri @narendramodi shall take India to great heights which this nation and our citizens deserve.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) September 13, 2013
— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) September 13, 2013#NaMo is now the official BJP PM candidate. Advani must now be eagerly getting ready for elections. The 2019 elections, that is.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 13, 2013
From a tea boy in a village to a Prime Ministerial Candidate! What an amazing journey. Congratulations @narendramodi..) #KucchBhiHoSaktaHai
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 13, 2013Leaving aside other aspects, it is refreshing to see person from cadre worked at grassroot being projected as a contender for the PM. #NaMo
— BharatheshBharath (@BharatheshBhara) September 13, 2013
#NaMo seeks blessings from Advaniji and Atalji after his appointment as PM candidate. This is the Hindu culture we should be proud of!— Akanksha Patankar (@Mrs_Patankar) September 13, 2013
There were no reactions on Twitter from prominent Congress leaders who are active on Twitter such as Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari till the time this was written, i.e. over three hours after the decision was announced.