NEW DELHI (AP) — The main opposition Hindu nationalist party has named a controversial Hindu ideologue to be the party's candidate for prime minister if it wins national elections next year.
Narendra Modi, 62, is likely to challenge Rahul Gandhi, the heir to India's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, who is widely expected to lead the ruling Congress party in the campaign.
Modi's name was announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajnath Singh on Friday after a meeting of party lawmakers.
Modi, chief minister of western Gujarat state for the past 11 years, has worked to market the state as business-friendly.
But he is a controversial figure as he is accused of doing little to stop anti-Muslim riots in the state in 2002 which left more than 1,000 dead.
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