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‘State BJP is content with new national executive body’

Even when the Gujarat BJP party unit was announced, it was R C Faldu alone who was repeated for a second term.

The Gujarat unit of the BJP is more than happy about the formation of its new national executive body that was declared on August 16 by its national president Amit Shah.

This despite not many state leaders being inducted into the new team even after burning the midnight oil to see the party win all 26 seats  from the state in the Lok Sabha election held on April 30.

Apart from Shah, who is the party president, the lone leader from Gujarat to be included in the team happens to be former RS member Purushottam Rupala, who did not contest in either the 2012 Assembly  or  LS elections held this year.

Even when the Gujarat BJP party unit was announced, it was R C Faldu alone who was repeated for a second term. So, Rupala’s selection as a national vice-president comes as a sort of rehabilitation for him. This is also a reward for Rupala for standing by Modi like a rock during the 2012 and 2014 poll campaigns.This has left the state leaders with no option but to derive satisfaction from Rupala’s selection as one of 11 VPs. But the balance tilts heavily in favour of the UP party unit that had bagged 71 out of 80 LS seats and thus proved to be the game-changer under the stewardship of Shah in the 2014 polls.

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However, no one in the party is complaining. While state party president R C Faldu was not available for comment on grounds of several engagements, general secretary and spokesperson of the Gujarat party unit Vijay Rupani said, “The Gujarat unit has no reason to crib or complain when the PM himself hails from Gujarat and Rupalaji is the vice-president in the party organisation at the national level. What else can we expect?,” he said.

Rupala added: “Besides, Narendrabhai being the PM, Gujarat also has got two of its RS members  in the Union Cabinet — Arun Jaitley  and Smriti Irani.”