Modi tenders resignation

| 12 April 2002 21:29 IST

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has finally tendered his resignation, but to the national executive body of the Bharatiya Janata Party, in Goa.

A final decision regarding his fate will be taken tonight, when the NEC will meet, preponing the meeting that was to begin tomorrow morning.

The dramatic announcement in this regard was made by BJP President Jana Krishnamurthy at the venue of the public rally at Campal grounds in Goa.

While local Goa president Laxmikant Parsekar was addressing the rally, Krishnamurthy came straight to the place where media persons were sitting after he arrived at Campal grounds and spoke to them, before going to the dais.

According to Krishnamurthy, Modi stood up soon after the inauguration of the national executive meeting at Hotel Marriott Resort at 4.30 pm and announced that he is submitting his resignation to the party's highest governing body.

"I would prefer to sit here as a general executive member and not as the chief minister", said Modi.

In view of this development, said Krishnamurthy, the party has decided to prepone its meeting, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow morning, to discuss the Gujarat issue threadbare and take a decision regarding Modi's resignation.

"I will personally come to you to announce the outcome of the meeting", he assured the media.

Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and home minister L K Advani were yet to arrive at the venue to address the public rally, when Krishnamurthy spoke to the media persons.

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