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— S.N. Kabra
THE BJP seems to have elected an uninspiring president at a crucial time ('Rajnath Singh, not Nitin Gadkari to be BJP President as script changes at last moment', IE, January 23). While it was correct to ease out Nitin Gadkari after the recent charges of corruption against him, the party had a wide range of candidates other than Rajnath Singh to choose from. He does not seem to inspire the masses, even in his own state of Uttar Pradesh. The BJP does not appear to have given serious thought to the general elections of 2014, where it must fight the Congress. It had several other options, including L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi, but instead it chose a leader who may not be much of a challenge to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.
— H.K. Kulkarni