BJP national meet likely in Shimla in May

After its disappointing performance in Uttar Pradesh and the miss in Uttarakhand,the BJP will be holding its national executive meeting at the end of next month once the budget session of Parliament ends.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 6, 2012 12:16:34 am

After its disappointing performance in Uttar Pradesh and the miss in Uttarakhand,the BJP will be holding its national executive meeting at the end of next month once the budget session of Parliament ends.

Party sources indicated that the meeting may be convened in Shimla not only because it will be the peak of summer but also to energise the party machinery in Himachal Pradesh which goes to polls next as the term of its legislative assembly ends in November this year.

While a review of the party’s performance in UP and Uttarakhand would naturally follow at the national executive meeting,party leaders,maintained that a sharp focus on why and how the party failed to measure up to expectations was unlikely.

“There is not much use in going for a review in such a forum as the national executive as it will only become an exercise to target individuals. Rather,the executive will focus on the immediate and forthcoming political challenges before the party,” a senior leader said.

Among other issues,he said the BJP would have to try and find ways to harvest the growing anti-Congressism among regional formations as well as the people and convert it to the political advantage of the combined Opposition.

The session is expected to formulate the party’s positions on the issue of federalism as well as the raging issue of trust deficit between Army and the government.

An interesting aspect to the watched in the meeting will be whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be attending it.

He had skipped the last executive held in September last year in the New Delhi,which set off stories about a growing rift between him and senior leader L K Advani as well as party president Nitin Gadkari.

Modi subsequently also did not campaign for the party in the Assembly elections in five states,especially Uttar Pradesh.

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