BJP chief polls soon, Gadkari alone in race
With election of half the state party unit chiefs over, the BJP is set to begin the process of election of its national president who will lead the party in the next Lok Sabha elections.
While the BJP top brass is tightlipped over the choice of the new chief, incumbent president Nitin Gadkari remains the lone contender for the post with none of the other senior leaders ready to throw their hats in the ring at the moment.
"Despite all the controversies, Gadkari has not yet indicated at bowing out. Even the RSS has not indicated a new candidate. So he remains the lone candidate now," a senior BJP leader said.
Sources said the realisation of this fact has prompted leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Ram Jethmalani to buy peace with Gadkari despite publicly demanding his resignation.
However, sources said, party veteran LK Advani was still lukewarm, if not opposed entirely, to a second term for Gadkari. Though many senior leaders were not keen for a second term to Gadkari, they seem to have failed to evolve a consensus on an alternate to seek the consent from the RSS.
"Unless the top brass evolves a consensus on an alternate, there is nothing that can stop Gadkari. Time is running fast with half the state presidents elections over," said a party functionary in loop over the development.
The election to the BJP president's post requires completion of elections of at least half the state unit chiefs.