MISS­ING THE BIG PIC­TURE

India Today - - BATTLE FOR 2014 - by Ashish Misra

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.

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