Modi arrives in Delhi for parliamentary board meeting

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Amid the growing chorus for his elevation as the party's prime ministerial candidate for 2014, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday evening to attend the BJP's parliamentary board meeting.

BJP President Rajnath Singh has convened the party's parliamentary board meeting here this evening, where a decision is likely to be taken on the prime ministerial candidate.

All eyes are set on the parliamentary board meeting, where the BJP leaders will try to evolve consensus within the party over declaring Modi as their prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

According to sources, party stalwart L.K. Advani, who is appearing to be a stumbling block for the saffron outfit in finalising the name of Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, is likely to attend the parliamentary board meeting.

The BJP chief is making sincere efforts to bring all senior leaders on board for officially naming Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate.

Several attempts have been made by senior leaders to convince Advani, who had resigned from all party posts when Modi was appointed the election campaign committee chief in Goa earlier this year.

The BJP President even met the stalwart at the latter's residence here on Wednesday, but failed to convince him.

According to certain media reports, Advani has reportedly told Rajnath Singh that fronting Modi as the party's candidate for Prime Minister will be a 'disaster' and will 'destroy the BJP's prospects' in the general elections next year.

Other than Advani, senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi are also opposed to announcing Modi as the prime ministerial candidate before the forthcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the BJP's ideological mentor, is of the view that any delay in announcing Modi's candidature will not do any good to the party's prospects in the general elections. (ANI)

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