Gadkari to stay chief, but Modi shows he’s the boss

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Mar 24, 2009
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    MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: Narendra Modi showed up at the meeting of BJP's national executive on Thursday after the leadership and RSS caved in to his demand for the ouster of his bete noire Sanjay Joshi from the important party body, in a capitulation which solidifies the Hindutva hardliner's standing as the strongest party leader.

    The RSS leadership and BJP chief Nitin Gadkari who had resisted Modi's demand finally blinked on Wednesday after the Gujarat CM threatened that all members of the national executive from Gujarat would quit if Joshi was not evicted.

    While a boost for his own stock, Modi's success could diminish Gadkari's authority at the outset of his second innings as party chief, and cause uneasiness to allies like Nitish Kumar by fuelling the perception that the Gujarat strongman may soon be playing a bigger role on the national stage.

    Why does Modi hate Joshi?

    When Modi was banished from Gujarat by then chief minister Keshubhai Patel in 1998, it was Joshi who succeeded him as BJP's organisation secretary in Gujarat. A former RSS pracharak like Modi, Joshi took firm grip over the party and kept Modi loyalists at bay.

    He opposed Modi's elevation as Gujarat chief minister in October 2001 and had to leave the state almost immediately for New Delhi where he became a rallying point for anti-Modi activities, especially after the 2002 Gujarat riots. Joshi's closest aide and former minister Haren Pandya was gunned down in March 2003.

    In December 2005, a CD containing a person resembling Joshi in a compromising position with a woman, surfaced while a BJP national executive meeting was on in Mumbai. Joshi had to resign from the BJP. Later investigations showed that the CD was manipulated and had originated from Gujarat and distributed by the state's crime branch officials in Mumbai.

    Now, Sanjay Joshi to be Gadkari's poll manager

    BJP's Sanjay Joshi, who quit from the party's national executive, will manage party president Nitin Gadkari's poll campaign in Nagpur for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Party insiders said Gadkari wants Joshi to manage what would be the first big-ticket election of his life. With his re-election as party president, his term would extend till 2014. He would be saddled with party work and wants a trusted man to ensure his victory in the polls, said insiders. Known as a good organizer, Joshi enjoys support of RSS leaders.
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    The BJP seems to be re-organising its ranks sniffing a mid term elections!

    It is obvious that Modi has a stronger following than Gadkari and Joshi.

    But Modi is also a threat to those who are aspiring for the PM's post in the event of a win by the NDA.

    A very interesting situation!
  4. SLASH

    SLASH Senior Member Senior Member

    Feb 5, 2011
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    I think Modi can get support from Navin Patnaik and Jayalalita. They might not require JDU. JDU needs BJP support to win in Bihar as well. If they split pre-elections it would hurt JDU more than BJP. MNS will also support Modi. Raj thackeray said in an interview that MNS will support BJP if Modi is the prime ministerial candidate.

    BSP and SP will anyways not support BJP. Even Nitin Gadkari during the UP elections categorically said that they d not want to be associated with BSP and SP.

    BJP needs to get 200+ seats by themselves. The best they have had was under ABV, i.e, 182.

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