The BJP core group meeting on Friday decided to boycott all the meetings convened byShinde in his capacity as Leader of the House in Lok Sabha, in the coming Budget Session of Parliament. It will also boycott all public programmes of the home minister and not respond to any communication from him to the party top brass in his capacity as Leader of the House. This is a tough decision considering that the budget session will be long and crucial for many reasons.
This decision of the party came a day after top brass of Sangh Parivar consisting of RSS-BJP-VHP held a strategy session on how to revive the Ram Mandir issue, and attack the government and Shinde for his recent "Hindu terror" remarks.
The Sangh Parivar realised that this was the opportune time to shed its dilemma on Ram and asked the BJP to revive Hindutva issue and demand legislation for construction of the Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya, during the budget session.
This was echoed by the party bosses. "The core group observed that Shinde's remarks have hurt Hindu sentiments and called Hindus and saints terrorists. It condemned his comments that BJP and RSS run terror training camps. The party has decided that its members and workers will boycott all public programmes in which Shinde is taking part. He will be shown black flags," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said after the BJP meeting.
The long and crucial budget session will give enough sound bytes and occassions to the BJP to hammer its new or the revised agenda and get it as election agenda, especially in Karnataka.
The government will face some akward moments in the Parliament as Shine, who is the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha, he has the crucial job of coordinating with the Opposition to get the government business through.
BJP chief Rajnath Singh has clariefied that his party does not intend to boycott Shinde inside Parliament and will not disrupt proceedings when he rises to speak.
This is not the first time the BJP has taken the boycott route. Earlier, it had boycotted P. Chidambaram (who was also the home minister) for his alleged role in 2G allotments. It did not allow him to speak in Parliament for an entire session.