New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani will skip the meeting of party office-bearers in Goa on Friday due to ill health.

85-year-old Advani will not be attending Friday's meeting as he is unwell, party sources said.

However, he will be attending the party’s National Executive meet on Saturday and Sunday in Goa.

Gujarat Chief Narendra Modi's role in the next Lok Sabha election is expected to be the dominant theme of the BJP National Executive meet amid a strong demand from some sections of the party to declare him the campaign committee head.

Ahead of the two-day conclave, Central office-bearers of the party will meet to discuss the agenda for the National Executive meet.

Sources said some of the office-bearers are likely to press for declaring Modi as the campaign committee head during the conclave.

But, a consensus on the issue is eluding the party top brass. As a result, the proposal may not see the light of day at the National Executive meet.

"There is an expectation among the cadre that BJP President Rajnath Singh will give out a clear message to the party at Goa conclave. He has been working on it and is in consultation with BJP top brass and members of Parliamentary Board prior to the conclave," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said when he was asked about the issue.

Asked if decks have been cleared for Modi to be announced as the campaign committee chief, Rudy said that nothing has been firmed up yet and refused comment further on it.

However, sources said Rajnath Singh is still in consultation with the top leadership on the issue.

Several top leaders of the party are, however, likely to skip the national executive meet. Vice President Uma Bharti, General Secretary Varun Gandhi, Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad, Jaswant Singh and Shatrughan Sinha are not likely to attend, party sources said.

While Bharati is unwell after a long tour for her ‘Save Ganga’ project, Gandhi is in Paris with his wife to spend some time after the demise of his new born child and Prasad is leading a delegation to Sri Lanka.


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