What next: Modi appointment to test JD(U) waters
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After the three-day drama at the BJP's Goa national executive meet, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made the chairman of the party's campaign for the 2014 general elections.
Many, including party patriarch L K Advani, fell by the side, in what is being seen as a triumph of the RSS over the BJP.
Now to dissect this fact. In earlier poll runs, campaign heads like Advani, Pramod Mahajan and Arun Jaitley already had in mind a declared Prime Ministerial candidate.
This announcement, minus a clarity on the Prime Ministerial candidate is a veiled projection of Modi as the PM unless another contender is clearly announced.
While Rajnath claimed his announcement to have unanimous support within the party, the fact that the announcement did not accompany a separate parallel election management committee as demanded by LKAdvani is also a snub to the veteran leader who has been sulking.
While JDU had earlier described the move as an internal affair of the BJP, but the move is also BJP's way of flexing its muscle against Nitish to test the waters.
BJP has already invited Modi to Patna for its Hunkar Rally in October. Nitish had stopped Modi from campaigning for NDA in Bihar. With Modi officially anointed to campaign across the country, it is going to generate friction between the two alliance partner.
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