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Who’ll Wear The Shorts?

Modi’s big bang victory has neutralised, at least for now, the Sangh’s opposition to him

Who’ll Wear The Shorts?
AFP (From Outlook 31 December 2012)
Who’ll Wear The Shorts?
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The Modifiers

  • Modi’s spectacular victory puts Sangh in spot. They can no longer ignore him, ignore his popularity or his prime ministerial ambitions.
  • Top RSS leadership willing, but the second-rung fear Modi in Delhi will push RSS, VHP to the margins like he did in Gujarat
  • Sangh also feels it’s too early to think Modi. Five state assembly polls in 2013 bigger priority.
  • BJP leadership likely to change after organisational polls, Gadkari unlikely to get a second term

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By the afternoon of December 20, incumbent chief minister Narendra Modi had not just won the popular vote in Gujarat but also managed a knockout in his personal battle within the BJP and RSS. Evidently, a sense of acceptance over Modi’s growing stature and claim over Delhi was beginning to settle in. Till just a day before, senior RSS leaders had expressed reservations about endorsing Modi’s national ambitions. By Thursday afternoon, the same reservation had been replaced by a reluctant acceptance, even resignation. If nothing, Verdict 2012 had only deepened the dharamsankat of the saffron brigade. Modi, with his 115 seats in Gujarat, could no longer be ignored. As also the growing clamour for his candidature as prime minister for 2014.

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