MUMBAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive meeting might after all see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attending the tw0-day conclave in Mumbai after BJP leader and known Modi critic Sanjay Joshi resigned on Thursday morning.
The move is being seen in political circles as an attempt to placate Modi who is said to have made it clear that he would attend the national executive meeting only in the absence of Joshi.
The move however is also perceived as a setback for BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
"Joshi, who was invitee member of the National Executive, has in a letter to party president Nitin Gadkari said that he is relinquishing his post in the larger interest of the party," PTI quoted BJP sources as saying.
Modi had kept away from the national executive meeting of the party in Delhi in December again because of the presence of Sanjay Joshi who had been inducted into the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections campaign by Nitin Gadkari, much to the chagrin of Modi.
The Gujarat chief minister had thus not campaigned for the party in the UP elections.
The Gujarat government had on Wednesday released an official itinerary of the chief minister saying that Modi will be in Udaipur in Rajasthan on Thursday to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Maharana Pratap and will be returning to Ahmedabad.
However, now sources say that it is quite likely that Modi might attend the meeting in Mumbai on Friday.
Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) "I have no intention to resign," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan said here Saturday after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal.