BJP leaders arrive in Ahmedabad for meeting with Modi
Top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, and senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari, arrived here a few moments ago, and are headed towards Gandhinagar for a meeting with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Speaking to media soon after their arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, Rajnath Singh said: "We (BJP or NDA) are absolutely confident of achieving a clear majority in the 2014 elections. Till the results are out, I can't and won't say more. There is no doubt that Narendra Modi is our (BJP's) prime ministerial candidate and nominee. We (Modi and other BJP leaders) have been talking on phone. I have been talking to him on phone, and I have made the suggestion that everything can't be discussed over the phone, and that we need to come over (to Gandhinagar or New Delhi) to sit together and discuss all issues in a calm manner."
When he was asked what roles the expected Modi-led BJP or NDA Governmment at the Centre had planned for veteran leaders like L.K.Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi, Singh said this would be spelt out in due course, and added that all leaders of the BJP would be kept in the loop, and would present a united face, when it came to announcing the decisions taken.
The meeting in Gandhinagar is expected to go on till at least 8.30 p.m. today, media reports here said.
Senior BJP leaders have been holding a series of meetings in New Delhi and discussions are said to have focussed on the possibility of the party forming the next government at the Centre and changes in the organisation ahead of counting of votes on May 16.
BJP leaders also discussed the possibility of seeking the support of some allies, including the BJD, the AIADMK and the NCP.
Party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Nitin Gadkari met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj at her residence here, before she flew to Bhopal. Gadkari also met BJP patriarch L K Advani on Tuesday.
Senior party leaders Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah also held a meeting at the former's residence to discuss the situation arising out of exit poll results that favour an NDA government from coming to power.
(Posted on 15-05-2014)