New Delhi: The three-day conclave of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today kicked off with the spotlight on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, projected by some as the party's prime ministerial face, amid voices that his popularity has grown significantly to make a mark on the national stage.
The Conclave, convened mainly to ratify the president-ship of Rajnath Singh who took over in January, will see the party deliberate on its roadmap in the run up to the next general elections besides discussing the political and economic issues confronting the country.
In the national executive meeting today, the rising stock of Mr Modi was visible as party leaders, including Rajnath Singh, gave him a special welcome and noted that the European Union is recognising his achievements.
Modi was lauded by the party president for achieving the unprecedented feat of winning three consecutive assembly elections in Gujarat.
"The party president accorded a special welcome to Narendra Modi. He has created a new record among the BJP chief ministers by being the first to be re-elected for the third consecutive term with a very convincing majority. All the national executive members also welcomed him," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference.