India polls: BJP 'star' Narendra Modi to lead campaign

Monday, 10 June 2013 - 8:52


Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi has been chosen to lead the main opposition party's campaign for elections due next year.


The Gujarat chief minister is seen as a rising star in the Hindu nationalist BJP and tipped as a possible candidate for prime minister.


He is credited with making Gujarat one of India's most prosperous states.


But Modi is also accused of doing little to stop anti-Muslim riots in 2002 which left more than 1,000 dead.


His appointment as head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign committee came at a meeting of the national executive to plan for elections due by May 2014.