Amid reports of RSS's backing of incumbent Nitin Gadkari, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday issued the notification for its presidential election.
Reports said Gadkari, whose re-nomination came under a spate of allegations of business malpractices by him, is likely to file his nomination papers on Jan 23.
If no one else files nomination, he would be re-elected unopposed.
Reports said party patriarch had suggested the name of Sushma Swaraj for the post but RSS, the ideological patron of BJP, had ruled it out.
In that case Gadkari is the consensus candidate.
Gadkari´s Purti Group has come under attack for business malpractices and the allegations led to a revolt against him in the party.
Legal luminary and leader Ram Jethmalani and a host of other leaders had openly slammed his possibility of re-election and had demanded that Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.