NEW DATES TO RATIFY GADKARI'S ELECTION
From Our Delhi Bureau
NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Janata Party may revise slightly the dates of the 2-day national council meeting convened at Indore on February 18 and 19 to avoid clash with the timing of Parliament's budget session.
The session convened to ratify election of Nitin Gadkari as the new President may take place on February 20 and 21 or may be shortened to a single-day meet on either of these dates, but the final decision will be taken only after the Parliament schedule is officially announced.
Reports that the Parliament session may start on February 19 with the President's address to the joint session of both the Houses came only after the office-bearers gave a green signal last Thursday to the session dates in Indore.
The party sources said Gadkari prefers ratification of his election in Indore instead of convening a session in Delhi for the convenience of the party MPs not missing the Parliament session.
Among the first fiats issued by him is to stop the 5-star culture of the senior party leaders staying in the starred hotels. He has reportedly asked the party organisers in Indore to make arrangements for each and every leader to stay in the tents, along with the juniors, close to the venue of the session.
If security of some of the leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and Rajanth Singh come in the way, Gadkari has suggested that the senior leaders may stay at the local party leaders' homes or in the circuit house if the security agencies insist for providing them proper protection, sources added.
While Gadkari has already taken over as the BJP president, the formal process for his election begins on February 8 after half of the state units have completed their own elections. The election, however, will be just a formality as there will be no other nominations and as such Gadkari will be declared elected the President on February 10. The party constitution requires ratification of the election by the national council.