The BJP is all set to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate on Friday, following a crucial parliamentary board meeting in the capital, reports said today.
According to reports, a final decision on Modi as the PM candidate will be taken at the board meeting which is headed by BJP President Rajnath Singh.
The decision to formally declare Modi’s candidature is understood to have been taken despite reservations of senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, who wanted the announcement to be postponed till the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi are over.
But RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reportedly had asked the BJP's leadership to fall in line with ‘popular expectations’, in a way making it clear that individual opinions cannot clash with a decision endorsed by it.
The two-day-long meeting between the RSS and BJP had also cemented the approval for Modi's candidature and reports said that the BJP president was keen on making the announcement before 17 September.
On 5 September, addressing school students, Modi had said he did not dream of becoming anything and that he wanted to serve the people of Gujarat till 2017.