Narendra Modi to lead Indian opposition

  • Narendra Modi was chosen on Sunday to lead India’s main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of next year’s elections.

    His appointment was announced at a party convention to plan for elections due to be held by May 2014.

    Under India's parliamentary system, parties do not formally announce a candidate before a general election. Instead they put forward a candidate expected to form a government should the party win.

    Modi, 62, has in the past been touted as a possible candidate for prime minister.

    As the current chief minister of Gujarat, he is responsible for transforming it into one of the country’s richest states.

    However, Modi has also been accused of failing to stop anti-Muslim riots in 2002, which killed more than 1,000 people in the state.

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