Amit Shah set to start his full term as BJP president Sunday

BJP sources said Shah’s appointment suggests continuance of Modi’s political template of development and Hindutva.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Updated: January 21, 2016 8:01 am
BJP, Amit Shah, kirti azad, arun jaitley, DDCA, arvind kejriwal,indian express news BJP President Amit Shah. (Express Photo by: Oinam Anand)

Amit Shah will start a full term as BJP president on January 24 after completing the remaining period of Rajnath Singh’s term who resigned as party president in 2014 to join the Modi government as Union Home Minister.

BJP sources said Shah’s appointment suggests continuance of Modi’s political template of development and Hindutva.

Shah starts his new innings at a time when the party and he are still recovering from the drubbing in Bihar, when the economic outlook remains lacklustre, and there is growing concern among minorities and Dalits on the Parivar agenda.

A close associate of Modi, Shah wants the party to be more proactive in implementing the central government’s agenda, especially in pushing missions like Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana.

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On the electoral front, he has to prepare the party for elections in the states in the next two years. Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry will go to assembly polls in April-May while Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are due to vote in 2017.

Although Shah’s name for a full term as BJP chief had been doing the rounds, it was not a smooth affair. Many rounds of negotiations and debates took place, involving RSS leaders, Shah, Modi and organisational secretaries. There was scepticism among party elders, led by L K Advani, on his capabilities.

But Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, sources said, decided it was in the party’s interest to let Shah continue. Complaints against Shah, sources said, ranged from induction of “average talent” in the party to his inaccessibility and neglect of party leaders. But Shah’s connect with cadres on the ground was one factor that weighed heavily in his favour when it came to a decision on a full term for him.

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Breaking News: Sanjeev Baliyaan , A union minister in this Bhagwa government has openly warned to stir riots in the State, If the Rapists in Jail are not released. The incident happened after an MMS of Muzaffarnagar gang Rape went viral . Few days back a 40 year old lady was made to commit suicide after this Bhagwa Molester sent Rapists gang-raped her.
  2. T
    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:35 am
    This is the Second Occasion within a WEEK when Two Union Molesters first Subramaniyam swami and now Sanjeev Baliyan, have warned to stir riots to butcher the innocent people in the state of U.P . in the wake of wooing the votes from some Bhagwa Radicals, Who usually enjoys watching such MMS, pics sitting back at home.
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    madan gupta
    Jan 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm
    देहली, बिहार, हरवा दिया, अब wb, असम, पंजाब की बारी है.
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    rajan luthra
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:06 am
    His connect with party cadre appears to be a falsity. Had it been so, BJP would not have suffered a drubbing in Bihar when the party made tall claims of enrolling crores as members. His main qualification is closeness to Modi.
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    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:44 am
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    s s nair
    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:30 am
    Congratulations for all the crimes.
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