After a go-ahead from RSS, sources said that the BJP has decided to hold a meeting of its parliamentary board on Friday on the issue of declaring Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite opposition from LK Advani and some other senior leaders.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari tweeted, "A Nagpur-based shadowy cabal of unaccountable geriatric gentlemen in period attire can ram decisions down BJP's throat and call it internal democracy.”

BJP president Rajnath Singh has convened a meeting of the parliamentary board on Friday at 5pm when a decision on Modi is expected to be announced, sources said.

Advani, who is the stumbling block in the announcement, has maintained Modi's projection would hurt BJP's campaign against UPA over issues like corruption and price rise as the focus would be on Modi.

While Advani has not said anything publicly on the issue, his close associate Sudheendhra Kulkarni had attacked Modi, describing him as a "polarizing" leader" in the society as well as the party and questioned his ability as a Prime Minister to run a stable and effective government. "A socially polarizing leader has polarized his own party. Can he run a smooth, stable and effective government at the Centre? think seriously!" Kulkarni had said.


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