Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:51:39 GMT | By ANI

Rajnath Singh all set to return as BJP president

In a day of dramatic developments capped by Gadkari’s announcement, Rajnath Singh emerged as the frontrunner in the BJP presidential poll battle


Rajnath Singh all set to return as BJP president (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Former BJP president Rajnath Singh is all set return as the party national president after incumbent Nitin Gadkari announced that he will not seek an second term.

In a day of dramatic developments capped by Gadkari’s announcement, Rajnath Singh emerged as the frontrunner in the BJP presidential poll battle. Today is the last day of filing nominations for the BJP polls and Rajnath Singh is likely to be nominated for the post this evening itself.

Gadkari had till Tuesday afternoon appeared certain to be re-nominated, but resigned from his post in the evening and ruled out seeking a second term in office. Gadkari, who was billed for re-election as party chief, has been in the eye of a storm after the income tax department raided the offices of his Purti group of companies for financial irregularities and its fictitious investors firms.

Gadkari said that he did not want questions on his integrity to undermine the sanctity of the BJP's top post.

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