They may have said the issue didn't even come up for discussion in the meeting today, but if a report is to be believed, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP has come to an agreement that Narendra Modi is to be declared the party's prime ministerial candidate by 17 September.
According to CNN-IBN, the announcement could come as early as next week and despite reports that senior leaders like LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj were against the move, the entire leadership was backing the decision.
"BJP president Rajnath Singh will call a meeting of the party's parliamentary board in the next few days. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has held another meeting with Advani," an unnamed source was quoted as saying in an Ibnlive report.
An Hindustan Times report had said that party chief Rajnath Singh has been given the go ahead by the RSS to declare the Gujarat Chief Minister, and poll committee chief, the party's prime ministerial candidate.
According to the report, the RSS chief doesn't see the point in waiting:
According to the key insiders, Singh, who is in a "decisive mood", does not foresee more than a low-key dissent from the anti-Modi group in the BJP. His idea is to get over with the "coronation" much before the beginning of inauspicious pitrupaksh period from September 19-20 and declaration of state polls dates around September 22.
However, despite all these plans reportedly being in place, the RSS chose to play coy today. The RSS-BJP two-day meeting ended with RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya claiming that there had been no discussion on the issue during the meeting.
“Various issues were discussed during the two day-meeting. The (announcement of BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate was not on agenda and was not discussed. This meeting was not held to take a decision,” Vaidya told reporters.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met with senior BJP leaders, including stalwart LK Advani, reportedly to gauge their sentiment over elevating the Gujarat Chief Minister. Advani had earlier resigned, allegedly in protest after Modi was elevated to the party's poll committee chief without his consent. The party stalwart was reportedly opposed to any decision on the party's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the upcoming state elections.
Updated Date: Sep 10, 2013 09:46:52 IST