With the BJP’s national executive — consisting of close to 300 members including top leaders and chief ministers -- set to meet in Goa over the weekend, the scales are tipping in favour of a clear picture that Narendra Modi will be the BJP’s face in the runup to the Lok Sabha polls.
BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said he “expected” party president Rajnath Singh to send a “clear-cut message” on the leadership question in Goa.
While one party insider said the announcement of Modi as the BJP’s central campaign committee coordinator is likely at Goa, some others say there would be a clear signal in favour of Modi even if a formal announcement isn’t made.
“It is the party’s national executive and the party is free to give any role to any leader with an eye on the future,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told HT.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, however, had a different take. “The national executive of the BJP is too large a body to discuss leadership issues. The BJP has already made it very clear that these issues will be decided in the parliamentary board that is authorised to discuss and take a decision on these issues,” Sinha told CNN-IBN. Top leaders of the party do not rule out Modi’s elevation in Goa, but aren’t willing to bet on it yet.
A BJP leader wondered whether after Karnataka and the recent by-poll results, Modi would want to settle for anything less than a clear projection.
With speculation rife on this question, Modi is set to dominate the Goa conclave whichever way Singh decides to single him out as the pick of the party’s lot.
This would mean diminished importance to the party’s attacks on the UPA government through resolutions of the national executive.
A top leader said the BJP would pass two key resolutions at the conclave: a political resolution – which would include economic issues too – and a resolution on internal and external security in the wake of recent Maoist attacks and recent problems on the Pakistan and China borders.