All eyes on Modi as BJP National Executive mulls election strategy
New Delhi: BJP may be prevaricating over Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's chance of becoming the party's choice as PM candidate, but that is not stopping the saffron strongman's image from overshadowing the National Executive and National Council meet today - the party is expected to chalk out a road-map for evolving its strategy to project itself as an alternative to the Congress in the next general elections.
After a third straight victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections in December, party members have been pushing for Narendra Modi selection as as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2012 general elections. Senior leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Ram Jethmalani have publicly suggested his candidature. While the BJP National Executive will hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow, its National Council, a broader body having members from across the country, will hold its two-day meeting on Saturday and Sunday.
The conclave is crucial as it will be the first such meeting after the election of Rajnath Singh as party chief. During the next three days, the party leadership will discuss a host of issues including the internal security situation in the wake of Hyderabad blasts, scams including the VVIP chopper deal, economic slowdown and Indo-Pak ties.
The BJP National Executive and Council will also examine details of how to take on the UPA government by highlighting its "failures" on the economic and security front. Sources said significant decisions like appointment of the new team of central office-bearers and elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan to the Central Parliamentary Board are likely to take place after the conclave.