BJP chief: Gadkari set to be re-elected

With none of the other senior leaders standing up against the RSS's attempt to micro-manage the party affairs, despite an attempt initiated by party patriarch L K Advani to find an alternative to the incumbent president, Nitin Gadkari is all set to get re-elected as the BJP president for the next three years on Wednesday. BJP's central election officer Thawarchand Gehlot on Sunday issued notification inviting nominations on Wednesday for which Gadkari appeared to be the lone candidate.

Though most senior BJP leaders had reconciled to the diktat from the RSS which wanted a second term for Gadkari, Advani was learnt to have escalated his reluctance against Gadkari and sought to forge a consensus on an alternative candidate.

Advani camp was learnt to have tried forging consensus on the name of Sushma Swaraj with a suggestion to annoint RSS's second best preference Rajnath Singh to the post of the Leader of Opposition in bargain.

However, the attempt to find an alternative of Gadkari fizzled out with none of the other senior leaders ready to play along with Advani despite their reservations against Gadkari.

"No other senior leader wants to take the responsibility when the RSS wants to micro-manage party affairs... why would Sushma or any other leader attract the ire of Sangh when RSS's choice is very clear. They have long political careers ahead," confided an Advani camp loyalist, expressing frustrations over the inability of current crop of leadership to stand up against RSS's micro-management.

Realising the resignation of all other leaders before the RSS's diktat, Advani was learnt to have finally reconciled to a second term for Gadkari who is slated to file his nomination papers on Wednesday.

Consequently, the RSS, indirectly through Gadkari, will be micro-managing saffron party's affairs during the next general elections for which the party cadre is mounting pressure to declare Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

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