Hyderabad: Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said his party would decide and announce its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 general elections, after due discussions.
"We will announce at the time of polls who is the prime ministerial candidate. Congress, which is in power, itself has not announced. Today, the situation is such that we have to say who is the leader. People see who the leader is... the party will decide," he told reporters in Hyderabad.
The string of losses suffered by Congress in the Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh and other states, the local body polls in Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra, and now in Delhi reflect the public anger against the ruling party, Naidu claimed.
"The minorities are said to be pro-Congress. But the results in Goa and now in Delhi show that they are moving away from Congress. In fact, Congress has lost the confidence of all sections of people in the country," he said.
The main reasons for the so-called disenchantment against Congress are the alleged massive corruption, the misgovernance in the form of faulty policies and harassment of non-Congress ruled states and its failure to check price rise which has broken the back of common man, Naidu maintained.
Noting a 'third alternative' cannot emerge in the country, he said BJP and NDA is the only alternative to UPA.
"The Communists who usually talk about Third Front, they are also not talking about it these days," he said.