The BJP president had a 30-minute meeting at Advani's residence on Wednesday afternoon on the issue which the parliamentary party chief is opposed to. Advani had announced his resignation from all party posts immediately after Modi was anointed as head of the party's 2014 election campaign committee, but was convinced by RSS to withdraw it.

RSS emissary Gadkari meets Advani   

However, indications are that Singh's efforts in convincing Advani on Modi's candidature have not borne fruit as the BJP patriarch has not given any assurance on it. 

While stepping up efforts on the issue of announcing Modi's name, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari had met Advani as an emissary of on Tuesday. Gadkari visited Advani at his residence in New Delhi and held a short meeting with the senior leader.

Advani, Sushma Swaraj, and Murli Manohar Joshi reportedly have reservations on declaring Modi as the prime ministerial candidate before the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram this year.

Last week, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had held a dinner meeting with Advani and Swaraj to discuss this issue. Earlier, RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi had also met Advani and Swaraj separately to convince them.

It is not clear whether Advani has had a change of heart. However, the decision on when to hold the Parliamentary Board meeting is still hanging fire, the sources said. Consensus on a suitable date when all members of BJP's highest decision-making body are present is being worked out.

While BJP and RSS top brass have indicated that any delay in announcing Modi as the PM candidate will not be good for the party, efforts are on for a unanimous decision after taking Advani, Swaraj and Joshi on board.

Modi's supporters in the BJP top brass are keen that the announcement be made before his birthday on September 17.


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