With a Gandhi and Amit Shah by his side, Narendra Modi sets up BJP for 2014 poll

Narendra Modi

BJP president Rajnath Singh today announced its 76 member core parliament team of office bearers and put Narendra Modi at the Centre of its push for grabbing power at the Centre in the 2014 General Elections - the team will take all crucial decisions as the party heads into the polls.

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been inducted into the BJP parliamentary body, the highest decision making body of the party - he returns after a gap of six years although he is already a member of the Central Election Committee. Modi is now set for a leading role at the national level.

Narendra Modi is the only chief minister to be appointed at at this level in BJP.

Narendra Modi, for all intents and purposes will now occupy a position that is next to that of A B Vajpayee and L K Advani. Since Vajpayee has retired and Advani has been sidelined that makes Narendra Modi effectively the number one in BJP going into General Elections 2014.

Narendra Modi's close aide, Amit Shah, who was jailed for his alleged role in Sohrabuddin fake encounter killing case, but who is now out on bail after being incarcerated for three months, has also been elevated as general secretary, which is a strong indication of Narendra Modi's growing clout within the party headquarters.

Ahead of the announcement by BJP, Rajnath Singh met L K Advani to iron out any last minute objections that the veteran may have had.

Action still awaited from BJP, sooner rather than later, is the likely appointment of Narendra Modi as party's 2014 General Election campaign committee head.

BJP has already got the blessing of its ideological mentor, the RSS for these changes. And this ratification by RSS is reflected in BJP appointing Varun Gandhi as a party general secretary. Varun Gandhi was recently exonerated by court for hate speeches against minorities in the Lok Sabha elections.

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