The RSS’ decision to grant a second term for party chief Nitin Gadkari, saw the BJP's national office bearers at a meeting here on Friday approving a proposal to amend the party constitution to drop a provision that barred a second consecutive term for him.
BJP general secretary Ramlal, who is in charge of organisational matters, told the meeting that, appropriate changes would be made in this regard through an amendment, which would be brought for approval at the Mumbai meeting of the party's national executive on May 24 and 25.
Ramlal did not specifically refer to Gadkari's second term but said the feedback from all office-bearers from all over the country was that single term of three years was not enough to complete their work.
By dropping the provision that debarred a consecutive second term, Gadkari and other state presidents would be free to seek re-election for another three year term.
Recently, top RSS leaders had made it clear to BJP leaders that they favoured extension for Gadkari beyond December 2012 (when it is due to end), so that "good work" initiated by him were continued.
While they had no problems in Gadkari being replaced by another leader "by consensus", they did not want the "work" to suffer. This was seen as a strong signal from the Sangh that it wanted him to continue.
At present, the BJP's constitution allows a single term of three years and no consecutive two terms.