Nitin Gadkari set to get second term as BJP chief?
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reported to have failed in its effort to find a new president, reports said on Tuesday, adding current chief Nitin Gadkari is likely to get his second three-year term as speculated earlier.
The announcement to this effect is likely by the end of this month after the BJP completes the formalities, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. With Gadkari likely to be at the helm for another three years, party ideologue RSS would continue to have a major say in the party affairs.
The development could also be read as positive for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is aiming at the PM post in the 2014 General Elections.
There was speculation that Gadkari would not get a second term following the controversy over the Purti Group, in which he was a co-promoter. Several senior party leaders, including Yashwant Sinha and LK Advani, had spoken out against a second term for Gadkari but a lack of consensus over who should take over as the next president is reported to have worked in the BJP chief’s favour.
The development also comes amidst the fear within the BJP that a second term for Gadkari could leave the party vulnerable to attacks from the Congress.