Now NDA ally Shiv Sena too declared open support to Modi who was anointed as the chief of election committee for 2014 election. Advani had resigned from all crucial posts in NDA following Modi's elevation. He later had withdrawn his resignation after being convinced by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj, the two leaders who were against the PM candidature of the Gujarat CM, also changed their stands and expressed their desires to support Modi.
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.
Shiv Sena too declared open support to Modi
Singh is now hoping that no new problem of dissent comes up at the crucial parliamentary board meeting of the party scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept 13. Sources said Rajnath is trying to avoid a voting on the prime ministerial candidate at all cost.
Advani and Swaraj earlier had claimed that BJP should not declare its PM candidate till the assembly elections which are due in five states -- Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Mizoram.
Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari, who earlier had met Advani, once again tried to convince the veteran regarding Modi's elevation. Gadkari on Friday met Rajnath first and then visited Advani in his residence in the national capital. Rajnath earlier had failed to convince Advani and decided to make the big announcement snubbing the anti-Modi group in the party.