Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal today charged BJP with buckling under pressure of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by including him in its top decision making parliamentary board,and said Modi will pose a challenge to his own party.
“The real challenge is Modi’s challenge to the BJP. It is Modi who is seeking to take over the party and once Modi takes over the party there will be no BJP,because Modi’s brand of politics has nothing to do with ideology,” Sibal said.
He said,”This is a big challenge to the BJP and not to anyone else. The fight is between BJP and Modi. Under pressure,they have included him. The coming time will tell whether BJP will have a say or Modi.”
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said,”the new team’s first test will be the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls.”
On inclusion of Modi’s confidant Amit Shah as BJP general secretary,Sibal questioned the Opposition party’s claim of morality when it appoints someone facing serious charges against him in court. He said this will lead the party to destruction.
“To make someone who is facing serious charges as general secretary will lead the BJP towards destruction. How will they make people understand that they preach morality but what they do is just the opposite,” Sibal said.
The Minister said Shah is involved in very serious charges against him and is undergoing trial and has also been to jail.
“This shows the character of a party which talks about morality and yet appoints a general secretary who is undergoing a trial and facing very serious charges,” he said.
Meanwhile,BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the Gujarat Chief Minister has been there in the party’s parliamentary board earlier also and has now been included again due to his gaining popularity.
“Narendra Modi is the senior-most Chief Minister of BJP and has achieved top success in his state. He is the most popular leader in BJP. He has become an icon of non-corrupt good governments,” Javadekar said.
Narendra Modi’s inclusion in BJP parliamentary board hailed
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s induction in the BJP parliamentary board was hailed by senior party leaders from Bihar who described it as a “right step in the direction of the former’s projection as the prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections”.
“It is a matter of joy that Modi has been inducted in our party’s parliamentary board – an apex decision making body,” former state unit chief C P Thakur told reporters.
“I join Bihar BJP leaders and the rank and file in congratulating the Gujarat Chief Minister for his elevation in the hierarchy and wish him all the best for a bright future,” he said.
Asked about the reported lack of consensus in the BJP leadership and the NDA allies on Modi’s projection as the prime ministerial candidate,Thakur,who has been made national vice-presidents in party president Rajnath Singh’s new team,said that the issue will take care of itself in the time to come.
“An opinion is shaping among the people about Modi being the best choice for the post of prime minister,” the senior BJP leader said,adding that the issue will take care of itself in due course of time within the party and with the allies.
Thakur said the new BJP team will be driven by the motto to bring the party and the NDA back to power in 2014 general election or even earlier in the event of snap polls.
Animal Husbandry and Fisheries minister Giriraj Singh also congratulated Modi for his elevation in the party hierarchy.
“Now,that the BJP has taken the first step in the direction of projecting Modi as its prime ministerial candidate,the preparations for the general elections will begin in full swing,” Singh said.
Asked whether Modi’s steady rise in the BJP leadership may mar ties with the JD(U),he said it will have no impact on the alliance between the two parties and in any case it was not a business of an ally to meddle in the affairs of another party.”