After Sushma, MM Joshi too falls in line on Modi; Advani a loner now?

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New Delhi, Sept 13: After Sushma Swaraj cancelled her Ambala trip on Friday, another senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi also eased his stand on Narendra Modi's anointment as the party's prime ministerial candidate.

Joshi said he was ready to accept whatever the decision the party takes after BJP president Rajnath Singh worked overtime to bring all the dissenting members on board to back Modi. Singh is now hoping that no new problem of dissent comes up at the crucial parliamentary board meeting of the party scheduled later on Friday. Sources said Rajnath is trying to avoid a voting on the prime ministerial candidate at all cost.

MM Joshi said he is ready to abide by the decision the party takes on Modi

The BJP president continued his meetings into late Thursday night to build the consensus on Modi's anointment. Former party chif Nitin Gadkari reached the capital late in the night and met both Advani and Rajnath Singh. Earlir, Swaraj cancelled her trip to Ambala after a two-hour long meeting with Ananth Kumar, another BJP leader engaged in the consensus-building process.

Leaders like LK Advani and Swaraj expressed reservation about the timing of announcing Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, preferring the declaration to come after the upcoming assembly polls.

The announcement on Modi's elevation as the PM candidate is expected later on Friday. The RSS was reportedly getting ready for the post-anointment script.

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