Un­der the scan­ner of BJP high com­mand

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Thank­fully, the PM has found five peo­ple he trusts to give him eco­nomic ad­vice. Hope, he ac­tu­ally con­sults them, and whole BJP and his fol­low­ers would be de­lighted if he acts on their sug­ges­tions and warn­ings. But noth­ing in his ca­reer so far sug­gests that he will. So, any­one in Modi’s mid­dle-class base who sees this new coun­cil as a sign of hope is de­lud­ing him­self or her­self. The only way that Modi will be­come the Prime Min­is­ter the mid­dle class wants is if they ac­cept the pos­si­bil­ity that there could vote for some­one else in 2019. If the mid­dle class says it will vote for Modi re­gard­less of how much of a dis­ap­point­ment he is, why would he not con­tinue to dis­ap­point them?

WORK­ERS DILEMMA

A party in­sider who is not a ‘brain dead’, whom we are de­lib­er­ately putting un­der­cover said, “A co­terie of syco­phants has emerged around Naren­dra Modi that has been giv­ing su­gar coated feed­back on the gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives like de­mon­e­ti­za­tion, GST im­ple­men­ta­tion and some other gov­ern­ment schemes like Mudra Yo­jna, jan Dhan Yo­jna etc.” The leader said that a sec­tion of se­nior RSS lead­ers and some BJP lead­ers have met Naren­dra Modi and urged him to have a relook to­wards the fi­nan­cial health of the In­dian econ­omy. What Arun Jait­ley is pre­tend­ing may not be the cor­rect feed­back. The leader said that un­der Naren­dra Modi, BJP took two ma­jor eco­nomic de­ci­sions and on both oc­ca­sions, PM was con­vinced by the fi­nance min­is­ter that prepa­ra­tions were fool­proof though the claim came wrong af­ter its im­ple­men­ta­tion. Today, no­body is com­plain­ing against the GST, peo­ple are com­plain­ing about its messy way of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

On whether Modi would change his Fi­nance Min­is­ter, the leader said, “I don’t think so. Arun Jait­ley won’t be shown the door be­cause on sev­eral oc­ca­sions the Prime Min­is­ter has been sug­gested by var­i­ous se­nior RSS and BJP lead­er­ship to re­lieve Jait­ley from the post of Fi­nance Min­is­ter as he is un­able to han­dle things with kind of care re­quired from him. But, on all oc­ca­sions, the Prime Min­is­ter has shown full faith in the Fi­nance Min­is­ter.” If we go by re­cent reshuf­fle, leader’s claim emerges cor­rect be­cause ma­jor­ity of the BJP lead­ers (read Piyush Goyal and Nir­mala Sithara­man) re­warded are con­sid­ered close to Arun Jait­ley.

The leader also said that leader like Naren­dra Modi needs to rec­tify his style of func­tion be­cause he has to con­test elec­tions while his syco­phants don’t con­test polls. He said that till Modi’s

winnabil­ity is there, such lead­ers would re­volve around him like honey bee but once he would lose his mojo, they switch their loy­alty very fast and who else would bet­ter knows than Modi be­cause these are the same lead­ers who were ear­lier courtiers of LK Ad­vani and Murli Manohar Joshi. He in­formed that these syco­phants are poi­son­ing Modi about UP Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath which can be dis­as­trous for Modi’s bid to sec­ond term in 2019.

MODI VER­SUS YOGI

Go­ing by Union Min­is­ter Nitin Gadkari’s con­fir­ma­tion, both Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah have spo­ken to Adityanath about the lat­est mis­step on his watch - the po­lice vi­o­lence against women stu­dents at the BHU cam­pus the day the PM was in his con­stituency of Varanasi. While Gadkari did not di­vulge what was said to Adityanath, sources say a line has been drawn and Shah has ex­pressed dis­plea­sure at how UP is be­ing run.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the com­mu­ni­ca­tion to Adityanath be­ing di­vulged for pub­lic con­sump­tion makes clear the rep­ri­mand as well as a nu­anced dis­tanc­ing by Modi and Shah. Sources within the BJP say that in­ter­est­ing tus­sle has emerged be­tween Adityanath and his deputy Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya who was a con­tender for Chief Min­is­ter af­ter the party won the state elec­tion. Mau­rya has been keep­ing Shah posted di­rectly on UP de­vel­op­ments. Shah made a three-day trip to Luc­know in July and stayed at Mau­rya’s home, a fact not lost on BJP work­ers up­set with the stri­dency of the HVY cadre af­ter Adityanath took over. Shah also had meet­ings with UP ministers, party work­ers and the RSS with­out Adityanath pres­ence.

But, bone of con­tention is dif­fer­ent not the mis­man­age­ment of the BHU stu­dent protest or the Go­rakh­pur hos­pi­tal tragedy. Some party in­sid­ers in Ut­tar Pradesh say that the UP Chief Min­is­ter wants to com­plete the Ay­o­d­hya Tem­ple be­fore the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions in an am­i­ca­ble and le­gal man­ner. He has sup­port of the RSS and some other Hindu re­li­gious lead­er­ship in this re­gard too. But, Amit Shah and Arun Jait­ley seem rat­tled by such speed of Yogi Adityanath. Since, Amit Sha is eyes and ears of Modi and Arun Jait­ley has con­trol in ma­jor­ity of the min­istries since he is too close to Modi that any other min­is­ter can af­ford to ig­nore Jait­ley.

Hence, it’s high time for Modi to re­al­ize, if Yogi pays, fi­nally it would be Modi who would first pay its price in 2019. He doesn’t need to go too far. Just see what hap­pened to BJP when Kalyan Singh was rat­tled by same kind of car­tel that led to ouster of BJP face those days in UP. At a time when Sa­ma­jwadi Party is pay­ing the price of be­ing par­ti­san to Ya­davas and Mayawati los­ing her loyal lieu­tenants as the day pro­gresses, if some­one who can hurt BJP the most then its syco­phancy cul­ture that has emerged around Naren­dra Modi. Now, it’s up to Prime Min­is­ter Modi and his abil­ity to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion be­cause peo­ple plot­ting against Yogi would fi­nally aim to paint this fight into Modi ver­sus Yogi.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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