BJP’s ally-hunt


A week ago, there was a gathering of BJP heavyweight leaders at Union Home Minister Nitin Gadkari’s residence on Motilal Nehru Road, New Delhi. Trusted sources say that Amit Shah himself was present to attend this very important meeting.

Apart from Shah, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were gracing the occasion. Sources say that the meeting was convened to seek solutions to the issues facing the BJP’s grassroots activists; to what extent the organisational changes should be made in the party and how the achievements of the Modi government should be popularised among the public. Sources reveal that Shah wanted to create a work plan that would help shape PM Modi’s agenda for adressing his MPs. Attendance at the meeting was a must, even for senior ministers.

Sources reveal that in this meeting concerns were also expressed about the changed roles of NDA ally parties. In Bihar, Upendra Kushwaha is upset; Om Prakash Raj in UP; Shivsena in Maharashtra gets angry for the sake of vote bank; Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra wants a big package for the state; the anger of the Akalis is understandable that they’ve been allotted an ordinary ministry which is not upto the mark. During the Vajpayee ear, the number of NDA constituents had reached 22. But when it contested the elections, the number of allies reduced down to mere six. Now the same situation is once again haunting the Modi aides. Those biggies who were being cold-shouldered by the Shah-en-Shah are also being considered for opinions and suggestions. The weather may have not changed, but the wind has for sure changed its direction.


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