The recent shuffling within the BJP has seen its outgoing vice-president Purushottam Rupala going down the hierarchy ladder and the partys national general secretary Amit Shah leaving him behind several notches as Uttar Pradesh (UP) in-charge.
Picked up by the BJP to steer the party ahead of general elections in UP,Shah has become luckier than Rupala as he has got a much desirable place in the party. With this,Shah will have a louder say in nominating the 80 Lok Sabha ticket aspirants. On the other hand,Rupala will have to be content with being a co-convener of Kisan Cell. Even the state Finance Minister Nitin Patel has left Rupala behind as he has been made the co-convener of Governance Cell.
In the case of Rupala,things went awry in the past six months while he has been working hard in the hope of better reward. The only hope for him now is to get a party ticket for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
He did not protest when he was not given the party ticket for the state Assembly elections last year. But this has not paid off so far. A party functionary said Rupala contributed a lot to the BJP in different roles and reached up to national vice-presidents post.
But now it seems he is viewed as a leader who has outlived his utility, said the party functionary.
He deserved a deal better than being relegated to the post of co-convener of Kisan Cell from the lofty post of national vice-president, said the party functionary,requesting anonymity.
Speaking from Delhi,Rupala said he or anyone else for that matter would not air personal views on the formation of the new party set-up. I will perform my new responsibilities as assigned by the party, he said.
However,he said it was encouraging that this time more members from Gujarat have found place in the new set-up and this will certainly help the state.