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BJP to formally elect Gadkari as party chief on Feb 10

india Updated: Jan 07, 2010 22:13 IST

BJP will formally elect Nitin Gadkari as its president on February 10 and ratify the decision in its National Council at Indore in the following week.

"The formal election of BJP President which includes the process of nomination, scrutiny, polling and results will be completed here from February 8 to February 10," party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The decision was taken in a meeting of BJP all India office-bearers held here today.

52-year-old Gadkari, widely believed to be an RSS-appointee, has been functioning as party chief from December 19 when the Parliamentary Board accepted out-going president Rajnath Singh's resignation and asked the Maharashtra unit Chief to take over.

The National Council to be held on February 18 and 19 will ratify the formal election of Gadkari at Indore. A BJP National Executive Meet at the same venue will precede this on February 17.

Prasad said half of the states, the mandatory number for choosing President, would elect unit chiefs by January-end.

In today's meeting, BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani hailed Gadkari's appointment, saying, "with new changes a new hope had dawned on the party".

Gadkari said there was a need for building mutual co-operation and trust in the party through informality and openness. He asked for strengthening organisational structure, which formed the base of the party.