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Mar 31, 2013 at 05:10pm IST

Narendra Modi likely to return to BJP Parliamentary Board after 6 years

New Delhi: In a major boost to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambitions, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to reinduct him in party's Parliamentary Board, which is expected to be finalised on Sunday. Modi, if selected for the Parliamentary Board, will be returning to the panel after a gap of six years. He was earlier appointed as a member of the board by Rajnath Singh in his previous term as the BJP chief but was dropped a year later.

Modi's close aide and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah is also likely to be appointed as one of the BJP general secretaries along with Varun Gandhi. Shah's appointment, however, could reportedly split the party with a faction opposing the proposal. Shah had to quit his post after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused him of being part of the conspiracy to kill Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter.

BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar had earlier in March moved a resolution at the National Council meeting authorising Rajnath Singh to constitute Parliamentary Board - the highest decision-making body of the BJP - the Central Election Committee and Disciplinary Committee and it was passed unanimously by the members who raised their hands in support.

Rajnath Singh had told the Council members that he will consult senior leader LK Advani and others before constituting his team. The new president is also expected to reconstitute the National Executive which has around 200 members.

The Parliamentary Board comprises of 11 members. It is unclear if the party will expand the body or remove two existing members to accommodate Modi and Shah. The BJP is hoping to return to power at the Centre after losing two consecutive general elections in 2004 and 2009. Speculations are rife that Modi, who has won Gujarat elections for three consecutive terms, might be given a key role in the election campaign of the BJP for the next Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh met Advani in the morning. He is expected to announce his new team of office bearers shortly.