The generational shift in BJP was complete today with its founders Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi being dropped from the Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body, which has the stamp of Prime Minister Narendra Modi all over now.
In a token gesture, ailing Vajpayee and Advani and Joshi, for long the BJP's 'Trimurti', now figure in the new five-member 'Margdarshak Mandal' (guiding group) after being associated with the party for nearly four decades.
Three-time Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party general secretary J P Nadda are the new entrants to the BJP Parliamentary Board which was reconstituted by newly-appointed chief Amit Shah.
The two have also been included in BJP's Central Election Committee, which decides on the party candidates to be fielded in elections.
The 12-member Parliamentary Board chaired by Shah now has Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Ramlal as its members.
The new BJP President Amit Shah initiated the changes after consultations with top BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The five-member 'Margdarshak Mandal' also includes Modi and Rajnath Singh.
Vajpayee, who had faded away from public life since about a decade back due to his ill health, had however been retained as NDA Chairman. Advani was the Working Chairman of NDA before the Mori era.
The Central Election Committee was also reconstituted, with firebrand leader from Uttar Pradesh Vinay Katiyar being dropped.
Former BJP Mahila Morcha President Saroj Pandey, who was an ex-officio member of this Committee, has been replaced with Vijaya Rahatkar the new Mahila Morcha chief who was earlier the former Aurangabad Mayor.
Jual Oram, a Tribal face and union Tribal Affairs Minister, marks his entry into the 15-member body.
The other members of the CEC are Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ramlal and Shahnawaz Hussain besides Rahatkar.
The restructuring of the BJP Parliamentary Board and its Central Election Committee heralds the generation shift in the party by infusing young blood.
The changes appear to be in line with the party's notional principle of having a cut-off age of 75 years which has been applied for inclusion of leaders in the Union Cabinet.
86-year-old Advani has shared an uneasy relationship with Modi in the recent past.
He openly revolted when Modi was named as the chief of party's election Campaign Committee on June 9 last year and resigned from all key posts in protest. He took back the resignation a day later on persuasion by senior party leaders.
Several of BJP's other elder leaders who had contested the Lok Sabha elections have been appointed Governors.
Among these include 82-year-old former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, 80-year-old Ram Naik, 79-year-old Keshari Nath Tripathi and Om Parkash Kohli, besides Gujarat Speaker Vajubhai Vala, Balramji Dass Tandon, Kaptan Singh Solanki and some others.
''''In his book 24 Akbar Lane, journalist Rasheed Kidwai reveals how, in 1998, senior Congressmen played dirty and bent every rule to evict Sitaram Kesri from his post as Congress president and install Sonia Gandhi in his place.
The Sonia camp said that the Congress had failed to capitalise on Sonia’s charisma because of organisational weaknesses. Sonia accepted the argument and started toying with the idea of taking over the party. She, however, made it clear that unless Kesri stepped down gracefully and invited her to take over, she would not opt for a coup. But Chacha was in no mood to oblige.
The next chapter of the power struggle was put into motion. Worried CWC members held a series of secret conclaves to work out how to ‘install’ Sonia at the helm. Pranab Mukherjee, AK Antony and Jitendra Prasada were given the task of sounding Kesri out about retiring ‘gracefully’. Initially, Kesri’s ‘nephews’ Ahmad Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad approached him. But Kesri laughed off the proposal. “You have been sent by Arjun Singh and George. It cannot be Soniaji’s words. If she wants me out, let her say so”, he told them.
A restless Pawar joined in the ‘Kesri hatao’ campaign. It was not
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Never knew the Congis,Succus ,Commies have so much love for Advani ji whom they used to call Babri Shikin .
Marg Darshak any day is ideal than to work under own proteges .
80 plus is the age when one passes on the charge to ones' Sishyas.
Remember how the Congress practically threw out from his Rooom in Congress HO the poor old Old Garud Sita Ram Kesari or Lefties threw out Som Nath da ???
Aab woh sab Advani ji ke liye Tesuye -MarMachi Ansoo Bha rein hein !!
We were told by Media that Sita Ram Kesri was locked in a toilet of the Congress Office in Delhi .
Some one was saying this yesterday in Arnabs Show.
The super charge of the Gujju brigade! Have been provoked for far too long and beyond a point. Now watch fun and further clensing!
The support these veterans are getting from our liberal and editorial class is touching. They spend their entire career abusing Advani and Joshi till Modi became a real threat for them.
No one with any sense of ethics remains in the party.