New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to retain Nitin Gadkari as party president till 2013 on Saturday, according to a news report by CNN-IBN.
Gadkari was being constantly targeted by anti-corruption activists as well as media of alleged impropriety in his businesses. The senior BJP leader had taken the charge of party chief on December 19, 2009.
The BJP said as the elections are currently underway in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh so the election for the post of BJP national president will now be held in the second week of January.
Earlier, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar had said, "The party is unanimous in backing him (Gadkari). The speculation about his resignation is totally baseless."
The top leaders of the BJP, including Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, had also backed Nitin Gadkari for the part president post.
However, The BJP was supposed to elect its new president by December 19 and there was a lack of consensus between its leaders on any one name who could replace Gadkari.
Notably, a section of the RSS had recently lobbied for Arun Jaitley but the proposal was blocked by the Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat right at the outset. Jaitley reportedly also had the support of the Narendra Modi camp in the BJP.