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BJP power play begins

BJP'S gennext leaders Pramod Mahajan and Arun Jaitley have no problems being in the team to be announced by new party chief Rajnath Singh.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 02:34 IST

BJP'S gennext leaders Pramod Mahajan and Arun Jaitley have no problems being in the team to be announced by new party chief Rajnath Singh. Mahajan and Jaitley are likely to figure prominently as general secretaries while Venkaiah Naidu and Kalyan Singh, who were vice-presidents under L.K. Advani, may prefer to opt out.

Mahajan has said he has no problems with Rajnath Singh, indicating that despite the flutter in the party following former prime minister A.B. Vajpayee's description of him as "Laxman", he is ready to play Rajnath Singh's deputy.

But Naidu, who served as BJP vice-president under Advani after his term as president was curtailed, is said to have indicated to other leaders that he would like to work for the party without a post. Having served as the party chief, Naidu may not like to work under Rajnath Singh.

Similarly, Kalyan who was vice-president under Advani's tenure, would like to opt out of the team since he considers himself to be senior to Rajnath Singh. The internal politics of the BJP in UP is such that he cannot see eye to eye with the Rajnath Singh.

Left to himself, Rajnath Singh may not like to make drastic changes. Yet, he has to fill vacancies caused by the exit of leaders who served Advani.

Rajnath Singh's toughest task is to find a successor to Sanjay Joshi, who was BJP general secretary (organisation). Joshi had to quit in the wake of alleged sex video tapes circulated against him. Hitherto, the post of general secretary (organisation) has always been held by a RSS "full-timer".

BJP insiders say Rajnath Singh may have to ask one of the senior BJP leaders to be general secretary (organisation) if the RSS cannot depute someone from the Sangh for the post.