Mumbai: Hours before the start of BJP meet in Mumbai, party leader Sanjay Joshi - known as one of the biggest critics of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi - has resigned from the party’s national executive.
In his resignation letter sent to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Joshi stated that he was resigning from the National Executive Committee under pressure from top leaders like Narendra Modi.
After his resignation, it is being speculated that the firebrand Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will now attend the parry’s national executive meeting in Mumbai.
Modi has so far maintained a stoic silence on the issue of his participation in the Mumbai meeting.
BJP central leadership has also not confirmed whether Modi will be attending the executive committee meeting. There are concerns in the parry that Modi’s absence will overshadow the entire executive agenda.
Sources close to the Gujarat Chief Minister have indicated that instead of travelling to Mumbai from Ahmedabad, Modi might visit Udaipur, where a local organisation is preparing for a function to honour him.
Modi has been upset with party president Nitin Gadkari after he reinstated former general secretary Sanjay Joshi in the party and made him the in-charge of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.
Joshi had to quit his post in 2005 after his purported sex CD hit headlines.
Modi had not turned up to campaign in Uttar Pradesh, even as Gadkari was keen that he did. He even skipped the last party conclave in Delhi held in December last year. Since then the Gujarat CM and Gadkari have not been in the best of terms but with the BJP preparing to pass a resolution in the executive meeting, Gadkari has chances to get another term as the party president.