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?Does anyone offer anything in BJP?

VIVEK MOITRA wanted an organisational role in the BJP ? a role that he believed Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were not averse to giving him ? but, he told friends, including HT, that a section of the party was determined to keep him and Rahul Mahajan out.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:08 IST

VIVEK MOITRA wanted an organisational role in the BJP — a role that he believed Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were not averse to giving him — but, he told friends, including HT, that a section of the party was determined to keep  him and Rahul Mahajan out.

Twelve hours before his death early on Friday, Moitra dismissed reports that Rahul would be elected to the Rajya Sabha to fill the vacancy caused by his father’s death.  “Does anyone offer anything in the BJP?” he said bitterly. “Rahul will have to work his way up from Maharashtra.”

The month after Pramod Mahajan was murdered by his brother on April 22 had not been not easy on his personal secretary. He told friends and confidantes that the BJP brass had been ‘ignoring’ him and Rahul. The two were present  in Delhi during the party's recent national executive committee meeting.

A former member of the BJP's student wing, Moitra believed he had a larger political role to play: he had been extraordinarily close to Pramod Mahajan and, what is not so widely known, been a part of his brainstorming team. “I would like to help the party chalk  out strategies in the elections if we're accommodated,” Moitra told his friends.

A day before he died, Moitra told HT that the only leaders he was willing to help out in a personal capacity were Rahul and Gopinath Munde. 

He had chalked out Rahul’s Assam programme; the duo were due in Guwahati on Friday.  “In the detailed programme of Rahul sent to BJP leaders in Assam, I put my name below — but not as secretary to Rahul,” he said.

“I want to introduce Rahul to BJP leaders in Assam,”  He had no idea that things would go so horribly wrong on Thursday night.