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|Rajnath Singh elected BJP President second time|
The Bharatiya Janata Party has unanimously elected former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh as the party president for the term 2013 to 2015.
The BJP parliamentary board endorsed Rajnath Singh's name as the party's next chief.A party parliamentary board meeting thanked outgoing president Nitin Gadkari for his "dynamic" leadership for the last three years and unanimously endorsed Singh as his successor.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated BJP leader Rajnath Singh who is set to become party president, and said the party would "gain from this" move.
Rajnath Singh is close to RSS
After the Tuesday meeting, Rajnath Singh's name emerged as the consenses alternative, sources said. 62-year-old Rajnath, who had served as BJP president till 2009 before Gadkari, is also considered close to RSS and that appeared to have tilted the balance in his favour.But under Rajnath Singh, the party failed to make a strong base in Uttar Pradesh.
Rajnath SIngh played various roles in Politics as he has worked as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, as a Cabinet minister in the National Democratic Alliance regime and as National president of BJP once. He was previously president of the BJP youth wing and the BJP's unit in his home state.
Rajnath's Singh's name emerged after a series of meetings involving party leaders Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Lal and Ananth Kumar.
The development followed Tuesday's Income Tax 'surveys' of around nine locations connected to alleged financial wrongdoing by company linked to Gadkari and signals by party MP Yashwant Sinha that he could contest if Gadkari was re-nominated.
Informed sources said BJP veteran L.K. Advani also had reservations of Gadkari getting a second term in view of allegations surrounding the Purti group linked to him.
"It is something good, which is happening. I hope that the people and BJP will realise the advice that I gave long ago was a sound advice. I feel more than vindicated," BJP leader and lawyer Ram Jethmalani said.
Nitin Gadkari, the incumbent battling corruption charges and enjoying the blessings of the RSS chief, put in his papers on Tuesday night by saying he did not want that allegations against him should in any way adversely affect the interests of BJP. "I have, therefore, decided not to seek a second term as the President of BJP," he said.
Naidu told that the central parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body in the party, will meet on Wednesday and decide as to who should succeed Gadkari. Asked if Rajnath Singh is in the race, he felt that it was too early to say anything about the next president and that it will hinge on the decision taken at the meeting.
Gadkari says he is opting out of the race to save the party
BJP President Nitin Gadkari said he is opting out of the race for the top organisational post as he does not want the charges of financial impropriety raised against him to adversely affect the party’s interest.
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