Senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari will meet the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on Wednesday and deliberate on the situation arising after the declaration of result of 16th Lok Sabha elections on May 16.

With both Advani and Joshi very senior to Modi, the BJP is mulling over to find appropriate roles for the stalwarts, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee played pivotal roles in steadying the saffron ship in the 1990s.

There have been speculations that some kind of friction might emerge between party’s stalwart leaders and Modi during the government forming process as both Advani and Joshi had opposed the Gujarat Chief Minister’s name as party’s prime ministerial candidate but were unanimously overruled.

The saffron party seems to be finding hard to find appropriate roles for both Joshi and Advani, keeping in mind their tall stature and political influence.

Earlier, in remarks that send jitters in the saffron camp Joshi had rejected any notion of a Modi wave in the country, instead branding it as a BJP wave.

Joshi had also questioned the treatment meted out to another senior party leader Jaswant Singh, who was denied a ticket from the Barmer Lok Sabha constituency.

Joshi had claimed that the decision to not give Singh a ticket was taken by BJP president and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje wholly.

Reports even suggested that Joshi was not entirely happy while vacating his Varanasi Lok Sabha seat for Modi. He contested from Kanpur seat this time.

Modi’s relationship with Advani has been under constant strain since last year when the Gujarat Chief Minister was named party’s prime ministerial candidate.

At that time, Advani had batted for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan while comparing him with Vajpayee.
Polling for the Lok Sabha elections held in nine phases concluded on 12th May and the BJP is brimming with confidence, mainly after most of the exit poll results indicated that it would gain majority in the Lower House.

In the run up to their meeting with Modi on Wednesday, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari had a long meeting at the former’s residence in New Delhi discussing the party's future strategy. They also held confabulations with senior RSS leaders, sources said in the national capital.

Gadkari had a meeting with Modi in Gandhinagar on Monday.

As part of the flurry of high-level meetings, Gadkari met party veteran Advani in Delhi on Tuesday and discussed with him the unfolding situation and the post-poll scenario.
"As BJP is the obvious front-runner to form the government, party leaders are meeting to strategize over likely scenarios which are expected to be thrown up on May 16 when the counting of votes take place," a party source said.
Sources said that top party leaders have been meeting each other for the last couple of days.
Rajnath Singh has met Sushma Swaraj while Modi held meetings with a number of leaders, including Singh, besides the Sangh leadership and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.
Earlier, Modi and Rajnath Singh had separately met top RSS leaders.
There is speculation in party circles over the future role of Rajnath Singh - whether he will remain BJP chief or join the government if NDA returns to power at the Centre.


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