New Delhi: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to the Parliamentary Board of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a gap of six years. Modi's close aide and former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to be made the General Secretary.
The BJP will finalise its list of party Parliamentary Board members by late evening on Saturday and in a further boost to Modi's PM ambitions, the Gujarat Chief Minister is likely to be re-inducted into the party's Parliamentary Board. Modi had been appointed a member of the Parliamentary Board by party president Rajnath Singh in his previous term as the BJP chief but was dropped a year later.
Meanwhile, the return of Shah in the Parliamentary Board has reportedly split the party with a faction opposing it. Shah had to quit his post after the 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 the resolution at the National Council meeting authorising Singh to constitute Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body of the BJP, 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 decide to expand the body or remove two members to accommodate Modi and Shah.
BJP is hoping to come back to power at the Centre after losing two consecutive general elections in 2004 and 2009. Modi may also be given a key role in the election campaign of the BJP.
With Additional Inputs from PTI