Friday, June 27, 2014
No formal consultations on BJP president issue, says RSS Silent power tussle between Modi and Nagpur
New Delhi: “There has been no formal consultation on the issue of BJP president,” said a highly placed RSS source speaking on condition of anonymity. He agreed that on an important question like choosing the next party president, the BJP will consult the RSS.
Meanwhile, there is intense speculation in the media that party general secretary Amit Shah, who is the architect of BJP’s clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh, will be the next president of BJP. Following this, there was further speculation that the RSS has agreed that it is for the party to choose its next president.
The need to find a new party president arises from the fact that the incumbent, Rajnath Singh, is now the Union home minister and he will not be able to hold the two posts.
A former BJP-RSS functionary said that the RSS has reservations about Shah because then two of the important posts, that of the prime minister and party president will be held by the Gujaratis -- Narender Modi and Shah.
According to the source, prime minister Modi is keen that his man, Shah, should become the president. Modi’s desire to hold the reins of the government and the party is no more a secret. The RSS apparently is apprehensive of the concentration of power in the hands of Modi. The prime minister is reportedly unrelenting and he wants to have his way.
BJP sources are tight-lipped and even clueless on the issue. A senior party leader of Delhi said going by media reports, the party can choose the next president either tonight and even in four days.
Rajnath Singh became party president in January 2013 when Gadkari was denied a second term, and his term ends in January 2016. In an interview with dna in April in Lucknow, Rajnath Singh said that he would want to complete his term as party president. But with his induction into the cabinet, he will not be able to continue as party president.
According to the party constitution, the party president’s terms is for three years, and he or she can hold the post for two consecutive terms, that is for six years. Though the party president is elected by the national executive, the decision about an interim president is taken by the central parliamentary board (CPB).
There is a sense in the national headquarters of the party here that the decision on the new party president is likely to happen after the Budget session of parliament which ends on August 14. It is unlikely that the CPB will meet before the Budget session begins on July 7. There is a two-day orientation course for first-time MPs at Surajkund on June 28 and 29.
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