Dramatic changes in Modified BJP shortly

Dramatic changes in Modified BJP shortly

By PANKAJ VOHRA | New Delhi | 30 April, 2017
Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party, Modification, Amit Shah, E.S.L Narsimhan, Jammu and Kashmir, N.N. Vohra
Buoyed by the overwhelming victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and now Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposes to bring about “spectacular changes” within the Bharatiya Janata Party so as to expand its hold and supremacy amongst different regions and castes.

Buoyed by the overwhelming victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and now Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposes to bring about “spectacular changes” within the Bharatiya Janata Party so as to expand its hold and supremacy amongst different regions and castes. The “Modification” of the BJP is likely to happen shortly and would enable the PM to have greater say in selecting nominees for the forthcoming elections for the President and Vice President of the Republic.

To begin with, there may be a complete re-structuring of the powerful Parliamentary Board. According to informed sources, Cabinet Ministers on the Board are likely to be replaced by newcomers, who would be entrusted with consequential undertakings to energise the organisation in various parts of the country.

The Prime Minister simultaneously, in all likelihood, will go in for a major reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers. The appointment and transfer of Governors is also on the cards. Several gubernatorial positions are lying vacant. In addition, the extended tenure of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E.S.L Narsimhan comes to an end on 2 May. There is also a move to replace Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra. There is intense speculation that a senior officer in the government, who has vast experience in dealing with high-profile assignments with distinction, could be appointed the head of the strife ridden border state.

The exercise to reorganise the party would commence next week. The majority of members of the National Executive as well as office bearers are reckoned to be replaced by fresh faces drawn from different castes and communities. At present, the Executive is dominated by the upper castes and therefore has inadequate representation from the OBCs and other sects and castes. The same proposition will be applied while finalising the new list of office bearers.

It is evident that PM Modi, who has received repeated affirmation from the people of the country, wants to use their confidence and the overall mandate to transform the BJP. It has been decided that the party should strive to get at least 50% vote share in its catchment states and areas. There is a proposal to appoint a panel of spokespersons at the level of each Lok Sabha constituency, so that the local issues of the people are addressed and the interaction at the grassroots level is reflective of the aspirations of various regions.

Sources stated that the makeover process to provide the organisation with a younger and fresh visage has already been initiated by BJP president Amit Shah. He has had a series of meetings with the Prime Minister and is understood to have discussed some of the ideas with a select group of journalists on Friday.

It is becoming increasingly evident that PM Modi wants to have a greater say in the organisational matters, thereby reducing the interference of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as far as possible. Till the A.B. Vajpayee and L.K. Advani era, the RSS’ role in party affairs was minimal. However, its influence and interference gradually increased once Nitin Gadkari and later Rajnath Singh took over as presidents. Sangh functionaries virtually started dictating terms.

With resounding success in the electoral arena, Modi is of the view that the party should have more independence in its working. One of the paramount reasons for him backing Yogi Adityanath for the Chief Ministership of the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, was that the Yogi has no strings attached to either the RSS or the BJP, but remains a very sought after Hindu leader in his own right. Thus, RSS functionaries, significant and not so significant, shall not be able to influence the working of his government and therefore he would take decisions based on merit as well his comprehension of issues. In other words, the UP government will function free of any external influence.

The “Modification” formula is also aimed at sending a formidable signal to the cadres and entails substituting the existing members of the Parliamentary Board with those who represent different castes and groups. Effectively decoded, it purports that out of the 12-member Parliamentary Board, barring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and RSS in-charge of the organisation, Ram Lal, the other nine may face the axe. They include Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, J.P. Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The Union Cabinet, thus, would have many more fresh inductees, who will be handpicked by the Prime Minister. It has been for quite a while an unchallenged fact in the Sangh Parivar that Modi has emerged as the tallest ever leader of the BJP and, therefore, has the right to transform the party according to his own game plan. The new-look BJP would have a distinct Modi stamp.

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It will be a welcome reform in the BJP 's organisational structure if PM Modi can really prevail. It will not only make BJP a strong party having an inclusive agenda, without disruptive interference from RSS, but also can help Modi grow as a statesman like Neheru and Vajpayee. He can then have a unified command over the governance to push the agenda of 'Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat'. And also people will view BJP as a truly mature political party bereft of interference from RSS and consequently can have have a strong all India presence.

God forbid. The last thing India needs is another Nehru. The damage done by Nehru is incalculable. India needs another Nehru like it needs a hole in the head. We need a Sardar Patel. In the current scenario, Modi is still work in progress. If Modi gets rid of the Lutyenite cabal within the BJP and his cabinet, it will be a major step in the right direction.

Disruptive interference from RSS? What does that mean? It was descriptive interference when RSS lended it's prachark Modi to BJP 30 years back? There would be a Modi today if the leadership then opposed "interference" from RSS? No person is bigger than organization. Organisation moulded Modi not vice versa . Modi bhakti has turned you blind

Upon becoming PM, VP Singh went to the Imam of Jama Masjid with a list of his cabinet for approval. There are other politicians too still doing it albeit covertly. Under Mulayam and his son, UP was almost a sultanate. Now just see what is going on in West Bengal and Kerala. The RSS is a patriotic nationalist organisation committed to India's unity and integrity. After the armed forces, it is the next rung in the shield of India. That is why it is vociferously hated and demonized by those who want India to break up, and those hostile forces support and pay presstitutes and sickulars to do their dirty work.

Modi want to reduce RSS influence over organisational matters? This is utter nonsensical observation. After all, if RSS had no say that time when the then Pracharak Modi himself was made the general secretary of BJP in-incharge there would be no Modi today!

I don't know what forced the author to create an impression that RSS influence is the biggest hindrance over Modi govt that so convincingly without an iota of evidence and logic. Are RSS cadres mere a tool only for election work? Is it a crime that RSS has a say in organization? Is it bad to have RSS influence over governance? After all who should have the right to influence government if not the CADRES who toil on ground day and night? Church? Congress? Left? Ulemas? Or you media? I would like remember the author that the same Modi you eulogies too much is also an accidental product of such "external" interference from RSS . He was lended over to BJP when be was an RSS Pracharak on it's own merit and if the leadership of that era refused such "interference", you won't be writing about him like this today.

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