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No formal election team in place for Modi

Vikas Pathak , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 11, 2013
First Published: 23:40 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 23:43 IST(11/7/2013)

The BJP is unlikely to announce a formal national campaign committee, of which Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was made chairman at the party’s recent Goa conclave.

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Rather, Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh are setting up sub-committees to assign campaign work “in consultation with the Parliamentary Board”, the top decision-making body of the BJP.

“Once in place and functioning, these sub-committees will de facto comprise the national campaign committee,” a senior BJP leader told HT.

In other words, rather than a national committee spawning sub-committees, the campaign will be organised the other way round, with the sub-committees guided by Modi and Singh becoming the de facto national campaign committee.

The party’s Parliamentary Board – of which Modi too is a member – will meet again on July 18 at 3 pm.

The idea, sources say, is not to undermine Modi but to give the exercise a participatory look, rather than making it seem that a Team Modi – separate from the party – is shaping up.


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