New Delhi, Jan 22: After two days of hectic political lobbying by senior BJP leaders, the RSS finally relented on Tuesday marking the exit of Nitin Gadkari as BJP president.
The BJP central parliamentary board will tomorrow meet at 9:30 am to approve the name of former party chief Rajnath Singh as the new party president, highly placed sources said.
A top-level meeting was held at a house in Delhi's Todarmal Lane on Tuesday evening, attended by Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Ram Lal and Muralidhar Rao, in which Rajnath Singh's name was approved.
Rajnath Singh later joined this meeting of senior BJP leaders.
Earlier in the day, there was drama as Yashwant Sinha decided to throw his hat in the ring by obtaining a set of nomination papers, to contest against the RSS' protege Nitin Gadkari for the party president post.
Party MP Shatrughan Sinha met Yashwant Sinha and supported his candidature, and alarm bells began to ring among the top RSS and BJP echelons.
In Mumbai, the RSS sarkaryavah (secretary general) Bhaiyyaji Joshi said it was upto the BJP leaders to decide about the party president post, meaning that the RSS had finally relented.
The RSS has finally relented because of nationwide disapproval over the manner in which Gadkari's Purty group business was being conducted, particularly at a time when there is widespread outrage against corruption among politicians.