Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to make a hat-trick in the assembly polls, may contest the 2014 General elections from Lucknow.

Modi, who is the most probable prime ministerial candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), may follow the footsteps of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had been contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the traditional Lucknow seat.

Meanwhile, speculations are high that the controversy over the second term of present BJP national president Nitin Gadkari may come to an end after the Gujarat assembly polls as Modi or any of his trusted aides may succeed as new party chief.

If sources are to be believed, names of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Om Mathur and party’s national vice-president Purushottam Rupala are making rounds for the post.

Notably, the party meeting scheduled to discuss the issue of party national president on December 20 has been postponed on the pretext of Gujarat assembly election results.

JPN/Bureau

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