MISSING THE BIG PICTURE
c ould this spell trouble for Narendra Modi? The influential Sindhi community in Lucknow is miffed with the local BJP for not including fellow Sindhi and BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani in the invitation cards of Modi’s Vijay Shankhnad rally, slated to be held in the Uttar Pradesh capital on March 2.
And it is not for the lack of space—the four-page invite shows Modi holding up his index finger while Atal Bihari Vajpayee seems to benevolently gaze down at him from an adjacent frame. The invite is also plastered with laudatory slogans— ‘ Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi’ and ‘Narendra Modi Kamal Nishan, Maang Raha Hai Hindu- stan’— championing the party’s prime ministerial candidate, while sidelining Advani again.
An angry Ashok Motiyani, head of the UP Sindhi Sabha, said “Advaniji is very special to us and attempts to sideline him are very upsetting to our people.” The response has ruffled BJP with incumbent Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon claiming that the invitation wasn’t issued officially and is only the handiwork of some overzealous Modi supporters.
With rumours rife that either BJP President Rajnath Singh or Modi himself could seek nomination from Lucknow, the party is clearly wary of invoking the community’s anger.