New Delhi: With the rift between BJP President Nitin Gadkari and Narendra Modi remaining unresolved, there is speculation that the Gujarat Chief Minister may skip the national executive to be held in Mumbai on May 24-25.

Sources said Modi is likely to keep away from the conclave where BJP will formally endorse a resolution to amend its constitution allowing a second term to the party president. This will pave the way for Gadkari to stay in the saddle for another three years after he completes his present tenure in December.

Modi has been unhappy with some of the decisions taken by Gadkari and has made his displeasure known to party leaders and through his actions like absenting himself from party programmes.

The Gujarat Chief Minister did not campaign for the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh elections as Gadkari had made his bête noire Sanjay Joshi in-charge of the party poll campaign in the state.

Modi had also not attended the last national executive which was held here.

Party sources say Gadkari and Modi have not been on talking terms with each other for several months now. Gadkari had accepted this in an interview sometime back.

With the forthcoming national executive being held in Gadkari's stronghold of Mumbai, Modi's absence was expected, party leaders said.

When Modi was in the national capital on May 5 for the NCTC meet, he had evaded questions on whether he will attend the Mumbai conclave.

However, efforts are still on from a section of the BJP top leadership to convince Modi to attend.


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