According to sources, the decision on the new party chief is likely to be taken in the next week ahead of the Parliament session which will start on July 7. (Agencies)
"The decision on the new party chief may come within the next 4-6 days," a senior party leader said.
There has been widespread speculation on who could succeed Rajnath Singh and that Modi's choice is Shah after he scripted the party's stupendous victory in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP won 71 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, while another two seats were won by Apna Dal, which was in alliance with the party.
Sources said the party wants to continue the victory tempo and use Shah's organisational skills in crucial Assembly polls in states like Maharashtra and Haryana later this year and Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir early next year.
The party also wants to consolidate its position further in Uttar Pradesh, where it is seeking to wrest control in the next Assembly polls.
The sources said a section of the BJP is batting for the low-profile Nadda as he is easily accessible and the party also wants to see an amiable person like him in charge so ensure that it does not lose touch with grassroots workers.
They said that Modi is keen on ‘rewarding’ Shah for his work in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, but the fake encounter case pending against him may come in his way.
While discussions are on, the RSS may have the last word in deciding who would lead the party going forward.
Rajnath Singh, along with senior party leaders including Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari, also held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue after the Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Singh has announced that he will quit the post soon keeping in view the party's principle of one-man-one-post.
The party is expected to see widespread changes as many senior leaders have taken up positions in the government.
According to sources, the decision on the new party chief is likely to be taken in the next week ahead of the Parliament session which will start on July 7.