High Drama in New Delhi : Nagpur Remote not working. Advani warns of massive Loss in 2014 Elections if Modi is declared PM. Rajnath Singh is sandwitched, Arun, Sushma & Joishi fuel the spark as much anticipated announcement is heading for a dramatic Climax!
Breakfastnewstv is looking at the contineous drama being played at Nagpur, Ahemedabad & New Delhi.
LK Advani has reportedly told BJP president Rajnath Singh that fronting Narendra Modi as the party’s candidate for prime minister will be a “disaster” and will “destroy the party’s prospects” in the general elections next year. Warning against putting all the BJP’s eggs in the Modi basket, the senior leader asked to know what the BJP’s plan B is.
Sources said Mr Advani told the BJP chief that if a parliamentary party board meeting is called to make the Modi-for-PM announcement, he will attend it and oppose the move, forcing Mr Singh to now consider bypassing the panel of the BJP’s top 12 leaders and make the announcement any way.
Several attempts have been made by senior leaders to convince Mr Advani. Rajnath Singh drove over to Mr Advani’s residence yesterday, but, sources said, was warned by the 85-year-old leader that officially naming Mr Modi to lead the party would ensure that the BJP is “wrecked by a third defeat.”
BJP’s prime ministerial nominee for the 2014 general elections would be announced after “talking to everyone”, party president Rajnath Singh said Thursday.
“We will decide after talking to everyone,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh told a news channel.
Party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi added: “Discussions are going on and we will announce the nominee soon. There is no contradiction in the party on who will be the prime ministerial candidate. All is well.”
According to party sources, there is a broad agreement on the name of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
A formal announcement may be made Friday when the BJP parliamentary board meets to approve Modi’s candidature.
But a major concern for Rajnath Singh is to convince senior leaders L.K. Advani along with Sushma Swaraj, who are of the opinion that a decision on Modi’s projection as prime ministerial candidate should be taken after the assembly polls in five states, said sources.
In case a general consensus among the parliamentary board does not emerge, Rajnath Singh can also make an announcement even without a parliamentary board meeting as he has the power to do so.
Nitin Gadkari flew back to Nagpur after meeting Mr Advani to inform the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS that the BJP veteran is refusing to budge from his anti-Modi position, one that is shared by other key party leaders like Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Mr Singh is expected to meet Ms Swaraj on the matter today.
Mr Advani’s stance, says sources, is unlikely to change the timing of a Modi announcement. The RSS wants that done before September 19 and has told Rajnath Singh that he must figure out how to make the announcement.
Mr Singh has the option of talking individually to senior party leaders and naming Modi based on a majority decision. He can also request the RSS, which is the BJP’s ideological mentor, for more time to build consensus around Mr Modi’s candidacy to avoid a showdown at a parliamentary party board meet.
Those against Mr Modi are trying to delay an announcement till at least after the Assembly elections in five states in November. They are said to be gambling on Mr Modi’s internal rival Shivraj Singh Chouhan posting a big third straight win in Madhya Pradesh to challenge the Gujarat Chief Minister’s reputation of being the party’s best match-winner. The much hyped official coronation of Narendra Modi as BJP prime ministerial candidate is not happening now, at least till the conclusion of assembly elections in five states. The internal conflict of opinion within the top leadership of the party has not been resolved and under the circumstances, party president Rajnath Singh can ill afford to call a meeting of the Parliamentary Board on the issue and let the divide within be debated bitterly among the senior most leaders that too in a structured meeting of 12-member party’s highest decision making body. Party sources, who are in sync with the developments on the issue told Firstpost that the various dates given by sections of media, be it the 13th, 16th, 17th or 19th of September – for the summoning of the parliamentary board and making an official announcement was never a reality, and were largely due to baseless competitive speculations. PTI While there is no doubt that the issue is being intensely debated within the BJP and the Sangh Parivar, the consultations, particularly given the strong and continued reservations of LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi, had not reached a point where the availability or convenience of members of Parliamentary Board could be sought or the dates for convening a meeting was discussed. The current situation puts Rajnath Singh‘s skills as a leader and capabilities as the party chief under a severe test. He has been the most outspoken and ardent supporter of Modi’s elevation as the supreme leader of the party and official prime ministerial nominee for the opposition NDA. As party president he also has to deliver it, issuing the notification with his sign and seal – converting Modi’s de-facto position in the party into a de-jure position. But that can only be done if he has the parliamentary board’s approval on his side. So when Rajnath Singh drove to 30 Prithviraj Road, LK Advani’s residence, at 12.30 on Wednesday, there was great of expectation within and outside of Sangh Parivar. All senior BJP leaders waited with intense curiosity to know the outcome of the meeting. Half-an-hour later Singh left with his mission unaccomplished. He was apparently perplexed, even anxious to find a way of clinching the issue without creating an in-house blood bath. Advani reportedly did not move from his position on the issue and was arguing hard as to why it was not in the best interests of the party to declare Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate at this stage, ahead of assembly elections for Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram where except for the north-eastern states, the BJP and the Congress were pitted head to head. Firstpost has learnt that no date for convening a Parliamentary Board meeting was discussed in the Advani – Rajnath meeting. Singh is to meet Joshi and Sushma separately, trying to take them on board. A structured meeting of the parliamentary board can only be called if unanimity on the issue among all members is achieved. Any forced announcement after an open fratricidal feud would neither be in Modi’s or in the BJP’s interest. Exactly a week ago, last Wednesday, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had come to Advani’s home for dinner. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had also been there. They had a free and frank discussion on the issue that has gripped the nation’s attention. Bhagwat conveyed to them what his deputy, Bhaiyaji Joshi had conveyed to Advani, Sushma and Rajnath only two days ago – that based on their feedback and informed considerations the RSS was of the opinion that Modi should be declared as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Advani and Sushma told Bhagwat that they had already conveyed why they felt the time was not yet right yet to make a formal announcement of Modi’s contention for the top post to Bhaiyaji Joshi . Their argument was, sources said, that the Congress and the UPA was providing the issues to the BJP on the platter and there was a huge anti-Congress mood. As it was, Modi was already face of the BJP’s campaign for 2014, he was the man in focus and as such there was not much that his formal announcement could add to shape the popular mood than the benefits that the party was getting now. On the contrary, the argument continued, a formal announcement would make the Congress and other rivals dig harder into issues relating to 2002 and somehow try and raise fingers against Modi, alleging complicity in supposed fake encounters. Suspended Gujarat DIG, DG Vanzara’s letter was a case in point and they said therefore, that should Modi be elevated, both the volume and intensity of such venomous actions could increase. In that event, the party’s energy would be consumed more in defending or protecting Modi rather than taking the Congress on, on issues like corruption, price rise and sinking economy. “Where should our energy be invested, protecting the leader or projecting the party”, another leader said. RSS top brass Mohan Bhagwat, Bhaiyaji Joshi, Madandas Devi and Suresh Soni again took up the issue with Advani on Monday on the sidelines of the two day Sangh Parivar coordination committee meet in Delhi. Advani’s response was the same as earlier. It is interesting to note what RSS leader Ram Madhav said, “the country wants a change and we also realise it. During the two-day meeting between RSS and BJP this issue came up and it has been conveyed to the leadership in the party. Now the decision has to be taken by them but from our side the message has been given that the voters in the country want a change.When we say people want a particular change, it is obvious that the support and respect of the people is for which person and for which post. This is clear to all.” But the RSS did not set any timeline for the BJP to do that. Modi drew huge crowds in Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and in Jaipur in Rajasthan, both places where he recently went to mark conclusion of Raman Singh’s and Vasundhra Raje’s pre-election state wide tours. He was accompanied by Rajnath Singh who described him as “Mahasangram ke Mahasarathi (charioteer for the big war). Rajnath Singh is now faced with the task of turning Mahasarthi into a Mahanayak, (from charioteer to great leader). The mighty RSS and the sentiment of their party’s rank and file are on their side. But can the BJP president and other Modi protagonists bulldoze Advani, the man who is credited to have built the party from a negligible two to the strength of becoming the ruling party, to submission or to the oblivion, is the key question? No one in the BJP has an answer to that but they all say that would not be the ideal take off situation for the old man’s one time protégé, Modi