Goa meet not to decide Modi's fate

| 08 April 2002 21:34 IST

Amidst increasing pressure on the central leadership to remove Narendra Modi as the Gujarat chief minister, the BJP has dismissed the speculation that his fate will be decided at the national executive meeting scheduled in Goa this week.

"Why do the national executive need to discuss Modi issue? Such decisions can be taken even in Delhi", said Sharad Kulkarni, the Maharashtra BJP leader co-ordinating the meeting preparations here in Goa.

Around 173 ruling party leaders, including prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, party president Jana Krishnamurthy, 25 union ministers and four chief ministers of Gujarat, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Goa will attend the three-day meeting, beginning here from 12 April.

Kulkarni however agreed that the ongoing violence in Gujarat will definitely be the prime matter of debate at the meeting, while discussing the political resolution, besides the fallout of Ayodhya, POTA as well as party's debacle in the Assembly elections in eight states and Delhi municipality.

The meet is also expected to stress upon the post-budget scenario in the country to take economic position. The detailed agenda will be finalised in Delhi tomorrow, disclosed Kulkarni.

The prime minister, who is arriving here on 12 April afternoon soon after arriving in Delhi from his Combodia visit, will be in Goa till 14 April. He will also address a public rally on the first day of the meeting, as Goa is going for fresh Assembly polls next month, for the first time under the BJP rule.

The three-day event, which will begin at Hotel Marriott Resort in Panaji with the office bearers' meeting on Friday morning, will conclude on Sunday 14 April.

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