Saturday, June 08, 2013

Modi the show-stopper at Goa?

New Delhi: Will Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi be the show-stopper at BJP's two-day national executive on June 8 and 9 in Panjim? This is the question that is being feverishly debated in the media. The party insiders refuse to be drawn into the debate though they are aware that is indeed the question that needs to be settled as soon as it can be. But they are not willing to stick their necks out and say whether Modi will be named campaign committee chairman at the national executive. Many of them are quite certain that the announcement will be be made after the Goa conclave, and that it will be business as usual. The implied answer is: it is not going to be Modi's moment at Goa though he will dominate the media space to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. It is however going to be a matter of sweet revenge for Modi. At the national executive held in Aprtil, 2002, a month after the Godhra carnage followed by the state-wide riots in Gujarat, Modi was in the dock. The issue was whether he should resign. He defended himself and he was defiant as well, and he argued that he did no wrong. He survived the ordeal. After more than a decade, he returns to the party executive as the icon of the party workers and as the most talked BJP leader in the country. The party insiders think that there will not be any Modi fireworks and that it will be business as usual. The focus they say will be on the economic and political resolutions that are customarily passed at the national executive, assessing the state of the nation. Given the dismal state of the economy as revealed in the latest quartely figures, a BJP offfice-bearer said that the economic resolution will be the most important and the most stinging indictment of the UPA government. The party forum will also decide on the general strategy for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi going to polls in November this years. The party insider said that it would be much too early to discuss, or strategise for, the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The agenda is clear. The immediate task before the party is to fight the four state assembly elections.

1 comment:

Ramachandra Parsa ( Parsa V R Rao ) said...

Modi is becoming impatient to be named as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. In the bargain he may attract the wrath of all Seniors in BJP,( which he can ill afford ), PLUS, lose the otherwise favourable public opinion on his suitability. The tactics he is employing qualify him to be branded as a Fascist, and Hitlerorian. Why Can't he wait and allow the mantle fall on him on its own in due course ?

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