It seems RSS wants Nitin Gadkari to be president of BJP again. It does not find anyone else suitable. Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are too old. Sushma Swaraj has to give up Lok Sabha leadership. Arun Jaitley has to give up Rajya Sabha leadership. Venkaiah Naidu was once president. Manohar Parrikar is Goa chief minister.
RSS has its headquarters in Nagpur and Nitin Gadkari is from Nagpur. There is no problem if Sushma Swaraj or Arun Jaitley becomes president and gives up Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha leadership. If Nitin Gadkari can become president again so can Venkaiah Naidu.
There are many BJP leaders who can make it as party president. Jaswant Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Muktar Abbas Naqvi, Shahnawaz Hussain, Gopinath Munde are some of them.
BJP has declined under Nitin Gadkari’s presidentship. It lost Uttarakhand. Its tally went down in UP and Punjab. It did badly in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Goa was an exception.
BJP is RSS’ property and RSS can dictate who should be its president but if it persists with Nitin Gadkari its tally in Lok Sabha may come down to two digits. After that it may be epitaph of BJP.