Of course, I haven't said anything which hasn't been said before,so isn't the BJP leadership aware or are they being over-optimistic ?
The fact is that Modi enjoys tremendous support among the cadres and the mother organization of the Sangh Parivar- The RSS. As a matter of fact, the loyalty of his acolytes is so great that he has been considered by part of media as more popular than LK Advani or even AB Vajpayee ever were. However, I am inclined to take this with a pinch of realism, Modi's main propaganda platform, the social media, did not exist during Vajpayee's. Further, wind has it that , given track-record of Modi's autocratic ways , senior national leaders are not eager find themselves in a situation with Modi in absolute power. Sure enough, the senior leaders did not show much enthusiasm during the press conference.
In the beginning I have given the analogy of the short story, "Emperor's New Clothes" but a closer analogy to the ceremony would be that of a gathering of family members and relatives in honor of a senile but billionaire heir-less great grand-uncle whose monetary assistance helps the family/clan to survive. Since everyone in the room depends on the old man's wealth, everyone just humors him along, regardless of whether his statements make sense or not! Similarly , Narendra Modi may enjoy huge fan following but that hardly reflects number of Lok Sabha seats it can capture, but any BJP leader pointing out this flaw in thinking is likely to come under vicious attack from the party's workers as LK Advani appears to have learnt. But that doesn't change the fact that currently there is very little reason to present Modi as "PM-in-waiting", unless of course, they are just feeding Modi's king-size ego, especially when he appears to be in a power trip. Megalomania is not much different from senility