Modi exerts upper hand; threatens to skip BJP executive meet

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Ahmedabad, May 16: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) averting a crisis in Karnataka, there is trouble brewing elsewhere for the party and this time around it is in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. The blow came when BJP’s trump card Narendra Modi indicated that he may not attend the party’s national executive meeting scheduled to be held on May 24 and 25 in Delhi.

The reason for Modi’s decision to boycott the meet is reported to be the party’s decision to reinduct Sanjay Joshi, who is a long time rival of Modi into the party. In spite of Modi’s objections, Joshi played a major role in devising plans for the party in the UP elections this year. This is also another reason that Modi did not campaign for the party in UP. He had then pulled out of the campaign activities citing that he had his own yatras to complete in Gujarat. The BJP finished in a dismal third position in the UP elections.

Modi had skipped the previous meet in Delhi presumably because of Joshi’s presence.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Modi was also not in favour of giving a second term to BJP President Nitin Gadkari that is understood to be an RSS move. This will pour water on Modi’s plans to play a prominent role in the national level.

Gadkari’s second term is also likely to be opposed by senior party leaders like LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi, as per sources. Party functionaries in Bihar, Jharkhand and Rajasthan have also expressed their reservations at giving Gadkari a second stint and that they were not happy with his style of functioning.

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