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May 24, 2012 at 11:50am IST

BJP national executive meet: Narendra Modi has his way as Sanjay Joshi quits party

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has his way as his critic and BJP National General Secretary Sanjay Joshi has resigned from the party. This comes on a day when the party is set to begin its two-day national executive meet in Mumbai.

"Joshi, who was invitee member of the National Executive, has in a letter to party president Nitin Gadkari said that he is relinquishing his post in the larger interest of the party," BJP sources said hours before the inauguration of the two day conclave.

Modi is now going to be presence at the meet. A vociferous Modi detractor, Joshi's resignation was the price the Gujarat Chief Minister extracted from BJP President Nitin Gadkari to attend the meet in Mumbai.

Reports had suggested that instead of travelling to Mumbai from Ahmedabad, Modi might visit Udaipur, where a local organisation is preparing for a function in the honour of the Gujarat CM.

As per official programme, Modi will be in Udaipur in Rajasthan today to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Maharana Pratap and will be returning to Ahmedabad. As per his associates in Gandhinagar, Modi could make it to Mumbai on Friday in view of the development.

Modi had been upset with party president Nitin Gadkari after he had reinstated Sanjay Joshi in the party and made him the in-charge of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Joshi had to quit his post in 2005 after his purported sex CD hit headlines.

Modi had not turned up to campaign in Uttar Pradesh, even as Gadkari was keen that he did. He even skipped the last party conclave in Delhi held in December last year. Since then the Gujarat Chief Minister and Gadkari have not been in the best of terms but with the BJP preparing to pass a resolution in the executive meeting, Gadkari has chances to get another term as the party president.

The Executive meeting is significant as it would be the first major gathering of the BJP top brass ahead of the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the two party-ruled states, scheduled by the year-end.

(With additional information from PTI)