New Delhi: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi skipped the national executive committee meeting of BJP, which started on Friday to take stock of the political situation in the country and to formulate a strategy to take on the ruling Congress on the issue of corruption.

Barring Modi and former Karantaka chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, all prominent BJP leaders attended the two-day national meet of the party.

Modi’s absence from the crucial meeting comes in the backdrop of talks of differences between him and senior party leader L. K. Advani.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari with senior leaders L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley during party’s national executive meeting in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI

Modi had reportedly even told Advani that the yatra is “unnecessary and irrelevant", according to sources.

The programme was attended by all other chief ministers the BJP-ruled states including Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Prem Singh Dhumal, Raman Singh, Sadanand Gowda and Arjun Munda.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari, both leaders of opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushama Swaraj and Arun Jaitely shared the dais with the Advani.

During the two-day meet, Gadkari will discuss the programmes initiated by the party units in states and evolve a strategy to consolidate.

Jaitley will assess and apprise the delegates of the political situation in the country in the backdrop corruption issue and the latest controversy over 2G spectrum.