The rumour stems from the plan that Modi and his team are making for a smooth sail into the national political stage. The Gujarat BJP has said that although it is premature to finalise plans for the Lok Sabha polls, the leaders are busy preparing a strong base for what is said to be the party's battle of survival, nationally.
It has also been learnt that BJP president Rajnath Singh has expressed support to Modi's plan to contest from Lucknow, a seat from where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had contested five times between 1991 and 2004.
About Shah, one of the party sources said the former has been eyeing to play a major role in the national politics now and since he has been made the general secretary, he doesn't want to remain confined to Gujarat assembly. Moreover, Gandhinagar is a safe seat for the BJP and also comprises Shah's assembly seat Naranpura, which gives him a good opportunity to enter the national stage.
Other sources said that there are other people in Gujarat who can emerge as power centres if Modi exits for the national responsibility and moreover, he will be needing Centre's backing to stay afloat politically, particularly after being accused in the fake encounter case.