BJP parliamentary board backs Rajnath's elevation, appreciates Gadkari's tenure

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 06:10 hrs

The BJP parliamentary board, which met on Wednesday morning, has endorsed election of Rajnath Singh as the new president of the party. The board also appreciated growth of the party under Nitin Gadkari's leadership.

The meeting was attended by senior leaders including Gadkari, L.K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Ramlal.

"Today BJP held its parliamentary board under presidentship of Nitin Gadkari. In the meeting Advaniji moved a resolution appreciating good work done by Gadkari ji and all leaders supported the resolution," said senior BJP leader Anant Kumar.

Rajnath Singh, who is set to be the new president of the BJP, met party senior LK Advani this morning, before heading to the BJP headquarters, to attend a party parliamentary board meeting and file his nomination papers around noon.

Singh arrived at the BJP headquarters with Nitin Gadkari, the outgoing president.

Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Rajnath Singh.

In a day of dramatic developments capped by Nitin Gadkari's resignation, Singh emerged as the frontrunner in the BJP presidential poll battle.

Modi tweeted: "I called up Shri Rajnath Singh ji and congratulated him. He brings with him vast experience of both organisation and administration."

Today is the last day of filing nominations for the BJP polls and Singh is likely to be nominated for the post this evening itself.

Gadkari had till Tuesday afternoon appeared certain to be re-nominated, but resigned from his post in the evening and ruled out seeking a second term in office.

Gadkari, who was billed for re-election as party chief, has been in the eye of a storm after the income tax department raided the offices of his Purti group of companies for financial irregularities and its fictitious investors firms.

Gadkari said that he did not want questions on his integrity to undermine the sanctity of the BJP's top post. (ANI)

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