The two-day meet convened to finalize a coordination strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls started against the backdrop of RSS' announcement on Saturday that it has conveyed its opinion to BJP on the prime ministerial candidate. (Agencies)
Top BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj - both of whom are said to be against Modi's projection -- Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi besides party president Rajnath Singh participated in the meeting, which was also attended by Modi.
The Gujarat Chief Minister left for Ahmedabad in the evening as he is due to open the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit on Monday. BJP sources said an announcement on the party's PM candidate could be made by September 20. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has already held a meeting with Advani and Swaraj in a bid to reach a consensus on the issue.
The conclave is discussing issues which are to be taken to the people from the block level upwards, sources said, adding it will also chalk out strategy for better coordination among Sangh organizations. The Sangh outfits plan to carry out programmes to reach out to all sections--minorities, SC, OBCs, Tribals, women and the young--in tandem.
"Faltering" economy and national security came up for discussion, and sources said that participants blamed "minority appeasement" policy of the UPA government for its "soft stand on terror". The ruling alliance suffered from policy paralysis, they said, adding that it did not take up the matter of Chinese incursions into India strongly and nor could it take a firm stand on the beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army.
The issue of Defence Minister AK Antony's flip-flop on the beheading of soldiers was also discussed.
BJP, RSS and the Sangh affiliate organizations are upbeat about the party's prospects in the next elections after two consecutive defeats in 2004 and 2009.
The two-day meet convened to finalize a coordination strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls started against the backdrop of RSS' announcement on Saturday that it has conveyed its opinion to BJP on the prime ministerial candidate.