Speculation rife over Narendra Modi’s successor in Vadodara

Sources said Amit Shah, BJP general secretary, is likely to be considered for the seat.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 29, 2014 8:58 pm

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving up his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, speculation is rife in BJP on who will contest from the constituency in his home state even as the name of his close aide Amit Shah is doing the rounds.

While party leaders were tight-lipped on who in the party will fight for Vadodara seat, they said it was for Modi to take a call on this issue.

Sources said Shah, party general secretary, is likely to be considered for the seat.

Shah has not yet been “rewarded” for his good work in Uttar Pradesh where he scripted BJP’s grand success that saw the party winning 71 out of a total of 80 seats.

Speculation is also rife about Shah finding a place in Modi’s cabinet in the expansion that is expected soon. His name is also doing the rounds for Defence Ministry, which Modi was kept vacant and given as an additional charge to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Sources said the party will see a major revamp in the coming days, as its president Rajnath Singh, three vice presidents Jual Ornam, Uma Bharti and Smriti Irani and three general secretaries Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Dhanrmendra Pradhan have joined the government.

Besides, party treasurer Piyush Goel and two spokespersons Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman have joined the government.

According to sources, Shah, along with general secretary J P Nadda and BJP’s Gujarat unit incharge Om Prakash Mathur, are in the race for the party president’s post

BJP will also see new faces in the party as it does not want to weaken the organization ahead of crucial assembly elections in states of Maharashtra and Haryana later this year and Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand early next year.

BJP’s ideological fountainhead, the RSS, also wants that the organisation should remain vibrant and strong unlike in 1999 when the party had weakened as all bigwigs went into the government and the party lost touch with the grassroots.

Modi decided to represent Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, Modi apparently does not know that Baba Ambedkar had autd the Consution which empowered the Parliament or the embly to p laws. There is nothing wrong in what Rahul hi has said that can be remotely insulting to Ambedkar.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, Modi’s main allegation appears to be against Rahul’s claim that the laws like RTI, MNREGA, Food bill etc were statutes ped by Congress for the benefit of the people. Without entering into the merit of the laws, it is almost impossible to figure out how Rahul hi insulted Ambedkar by claiming credit for his party in legislating the laws.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, RSS was created to protect this archaic social order and Ambedkar had to give a call to the dalits to embrace Buddhism to escape the barbaric exploitation that they had suffered for centuries. But all these historic truth has very little meaning for a hypocrite like Modi who thrives and grows on lies and divisive politics. Now it’s proving that RSS is anti India organization.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, he is critics rubbish his claims of delivering corruption-free governance by pointing to the obvious facts like Modi failing to appoint a Lokayukta in Gujarat for over 10 years, keeping ministers who are accused/convicted of corruption like Babu Bokhiria and Purushottam Solanki in his cabinet.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, his foremost claim to the top job of this country is his promise to root out corruption from the country. He keeps stressing rally after rally that he’ll be the ‘chowkidaar’ and guard India’s coffers.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, the anti-OBC movement was soon converted into an anti-minority riots and for three long years there were series of riots till it merged with the anti-Babri Masjid agitation. The ground was laid down for the rath yatra of LK Advani from Somnath in 1990. BJP was thus baptized in the most poisonous primordial fluid that was produced in the decade of 1980-90 in Gujarat. This is the essence of Gujarat Model.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, the dalits are most roughly treated in Gujarat save and except few of those who are going to BJP for their own selfish reasons. In a recent case, I had handled, tree dalit youth were shot dead in cold blood in Thangadh in Gujarat by an upper caste PSI. The Government refused to arrest the PSI till we moved the High Court.
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    Varun Lohiar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Next five year are going worst for the country, the reality is that BJP and its mentor RSS are the most anti-Ambedkar outfits and the primary struggle of Ambedkar was against the caste-based Brahmanical order that treated the Dalits as slaves for over three centuries.
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