Rajkot: Amidst dissidence and internal bickering in Gujarat BJP, party's two-day state executive meeting will start here on Saturday to plan its strategy for the assembly elections scheduled later this year.

The meeting incidentally comes in the wake of resignation of BJP leader Sanjay Joshi from the party on Friday. Joshi, who had already resigned from the party's national executive, worked for almost ten years in the party here and was in touch with grassroot-level workers.

The state unit is also facing major dissidence from former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel and his supporters who have openly challenged Modi government's rule in the run up to the state elections.

The state party top brass, including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, will be meeting for two days to finalise party's poll strategy, which the BJP prefers to call 'Mission 2012'.

Interestingly, the state executive meeting has been organised in Keshubhai's home town.

"State BJP leaders on Friday held a meeting for preparation of the executive meet here," Dhansukh Bhanderi president of BJP city unit said adding that the meeting would be chaired by party's state unit chief R C Faldu.

Balbir Punj, in-charge of party affairs (Gujarat), is also expected to attend the meet, he said.

According to Bhanderi, the party was also planning to hold a public gathering, which is to be addressed by the chief minister in the concluding session.

The state assembly election is likely to be held December this year and the main agenda of the meeting would be the upcoming polls, he added.

(Agencies)

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