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May 24, 2012 at 09:08am IST

BJP national executive meet: Suspense over Narendra Modi's participation

Mumbai: As the BJP national executive meeting begins in Mumbai on Thursday, all eyes are at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who has yet not confirmed his participation.

While there has been no word of confirmation from Modi, the party leaders are worried that his absence from the meeting may overshadow the entire executive agenda.

Reports suggest 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.

"Don't know who is coming," says senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu.

Modi has been upset with party president Nitin Gadkari after he reinstated former general secretary 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 CM 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.

If the party agrees to amend the constitution to pave way for Gadkari's second term, it could perhaps be the best gift the BJP president can get just days before he celebrates his birthday.