Narendra Modi as PM candidate: Adamant Advani skips BJP meeting

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New Delhi, Sept 13: Despite all media reports regarding Advani's presence in the parliamentary board meeting, the veteran finally chose to skip the crucial meet.

Announcement on Modi's prime ministerial candidature is likely to be pronounced shortly. The Gujarat CM was expected to reah BJP headquarter anytime soon.
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Rajnath failed but Gadkari succeeded to convince Advani:
After rigorous efforts by Nitin Gadkari for three consecutive days, the former BJP President finally succeeded to convince LK Advani to attend the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting which would be held at BJP headquarter in Delhi on Friday, Sept 13.

According to TV reports, Gadkari, who has met Advani several times in past few days, assured party leaders that the veteran leader would attend the meeting. Earlier BJP President Rajnath Singh had failed to convince Advani who did not change his reservation on Narendra Modi as BJP's PM candidate.

The meeting was expected to be conducted at 5 pm. However, no movement was seen outside Advani's residence till 4:55 pm.

Gadkari assured BJP leaders that Advani would attend the meeting

Advani and another party leader Sushma 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.

Despite Advani's opposition on the announcement on Modi, it seems that the party would go after its Plan B. Singh is now hoping that no new problem of dissent comes up at the crucial parliamentary board meeting of the party. Sources said Rajnath is trying to avoid a voting on the prime ministerial candidate at all cost.

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