Sept 19 marks the beginning of shraadh, a 15-day period just before the Navarati festival that is considered inauspicious for beginning anything important.
NDTV channel citing sources reported that the party will make the crucial announcement before that while opinion polls of Indian industry honchos showed that he is their most favoured PM candidate.
Party President Rajnath Singh is expected to call a meeting of the BJP's parliamentary board soon to take a final decision.
The BJP's ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has shouldered the responsibility of the decision on the BJP president.
Following the RSS decision, a series of meetings were held between the party and Modi's powerful rivals in the BJP like LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, who want the announcement naming the Gujarat CM delayed till after Assembly elections are held in five states this November, NDTV reported.
In a bid to end the tussle, a crucial two-day meeting of the RSS, the BJP and affiliated organisations commenced on Sunday, where Modi is the only Chief Minister invited.
Meanwhile, the stocks of Modi only went up further after the Economic Times in an opinion poll of the country's top business leaders found that he is the man most wanted as the PM of India.
The 'ET CEO Confidence Survey' said they all want Modi as PM. Rahul Gandhi is way behind with just 7pc backing him, according to the leading business daily of India.
--IBNS (Posted on 08-09-2013)