A senior leader said, "Gadkari's name is final. He has been chosen by senior leader L K Advani after consultations with his party colleagues."
According to sources, 52-year-old Gadkari's name has been zeroed-in on for the top job to revive the organisation after it suffered its second successive jolt in the Lok Sabha elections
The talk of Gadkari heading the party at the national level gained momentum after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat made it clear that no one among the leaders in Delhi would be entrusted with the task.
He specifically ruled out Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar.
Bhagwat is said to have named Gadkari and former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar as the probable candidates for the top post while the party is maintaining that the selection has been made by Advani.