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Will Narendra Modi come to city for BJP’s national executive?

Party president Nitin Gadkari likely to take tough stand on internal dissent at two-day meeting.

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2012 08:39 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times

The BJP national executive, which will start its two-day meet in Mumbai today, is likely to try to set its own house in order.

In Rajasthan and Karnataka, former chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and B S Yeddyurappa have raised voices of dissent.

Even Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has kept senior party leaders on tenterhooks over the past few years, which has not gone down well with the party leadership.

BJP leaders feel they have a good chance of upstaging the UPA in the next general election as there is a perception that the man on the street is disenchanted with the government. Therefore, BJP president Nitin Gadkari is likely to take a tough call to help enforce discipline in the party.

“He is expected to take a tough stand against dissenters in his inaugural speech. With elections just around the corner the party cannot afford indiscipline which will sully the party’s image and future prospects,” a senior BJP leader said.

Meanwhile the party was still edgy about whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would show up.

Many said he would, considering that Gujarat will go to the polls soon.

“If he has national aspirations how long can he avoid meeting these leaders? These are the leaders with whom he will have to interact if he wishes to be on the national scene. We are hopeful that this will compel him to attend,” a senior BJP leader said.

However, leaders like Rajnath Singh said the media should not speculate and wait till today to see who shows up.

The BJP executive is also likely to give a go-ahead to the party to take a more aggressive stand against the Congress-led UPA government.

“The UPA government is on a shaky wicket. Anything can happen. Our national executive will discuss the present scenario and plan for the future,” senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said.

First Published: May 24, 2012 01:04 IST

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