Amidst stepped-up pressure within BJP to declare Modi as the PM nominee, a coordination meeting of BJP, RSS, VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits will be held here on September 8-9 to discuss the strategy for next Lok Sabha elections. (Agencies)
Senior RSS leader Suresh 'Bhaiyaji' Joshi held talks with Advani and Sushma Swaraj on Sunday to build a consensus on Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate, sources said. BJP president Rajnath Singh was also present during the meeting at Advani's residence.
Joshi is learnt to have discussed with them the need and timing for projecting Modi as the PM candidate.
Advani and Swaraj are of the opinion that a decision on Modi should be taken after forthcoming assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley are of the view that the party should not wait further.
However, Advani and Swaraj are said to be against Modi’s projection as they believe it would polarize the electorate and take attention away from the numerous failings of UPA government.
An RSS leader said a decision on Modi’s projection, which is believed to have the support of a majority of party leaders, would be announced once BJP manages to achieve "consensus" on his name.
"The (Sangh) family is agreeable to Modi’s choice but we would wait for the party to propose his name," Bhaiyaji said, outlining RSS’ stand on the Gujarat Chief Minister’s projection as PM candidate.
Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, had recently said the sooner Modi’s name was announced the better it would be for the party’s electoral prospects.
Bhaiyyaji, RSS joint general secretaries Suresh Soni and Dattatreya Hosbole, Rajnath Singh, Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and VHP leader Ashok Singhal will be among those who are likely to attend the coordination meeting on September 8-9.
Amidst stepped-up pressure within BJP to declare Modi as the PM nominee, a coordination meeting of BJP, RSS, VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits will be held here on September 8-9 to discuss the strategy for next Lok Sabha elections.