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BJP heading for leadership change?

india Updated: Aug 29, 2009 15:34 IST

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Speculations are rife within the BJP rank and file that a possile leadership change is in the offing though the party spokesperson have issued statements denying any such plans.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) seems to have stepped in to manage the transition to prepare the party for a life without Lal Krishna Advani.

Party leaders have been holding series of meetings on many issues that now plague the saffron party.

On Saturday morning, senior BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and BC Khanduri met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. A day before on Friday, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah Naidu confabulated with the RSS boss. The four leaders then met BJP leader LK Advani.

The series of talks between the party leaders could be hinting at laying down a succession plan for the BJP.

As per media reports, Sushma Swaraj, the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, could succeed Advani and Arun Jaitley, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, could replace Rajnath Singh as the party president. This would open the way for Venkaiah Naidu to take Jaitley's place in the Rajya Sabha.

However, it could take a few months before the leadership change actually takes place.