BJP unveils Team Modi

BJP unveils Team Modi
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Modi emerges PM candidate of BJP All senior leaders made to report to him All BJP CMs also included in...

  • Modi emerges PM candidate of BJP
  • All senior leaders made to report to him
  • All BJP CMs also included in teams
  • Names cleared by RSS chief Bhagwat
Anita Saluja New Delhi: The 2014 Lok Sabha polls will be fought under the leadership of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has emerged as the tallest leader after former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and BJP patriarch L K Advani. BJP President Rajnath Singh will have virtually no role to play in preparing the party for polls, while the other senior leaders, including Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, and former BJP Presidents like Murli Manohar Joshi, Nitin Gadkari and M Venkaiah Naidu, will all work under Narendra Modi, who is the Chairman of the BJP Campaign Committee and has emerged as the Prime Ministerial face of the party. All the senior leaders and the BJP Chief Ministers have been included as members in Modi's Team, the names of which were cleared by the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, who insisted on involving all the key leaders. In the Election Team announced by the BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar on Friday, he made it clear that all the former Presidents and Leaders of Opposition will report to Narendra Modi on the election campaign. "BJP President Rajnath Singh has appointed Nitin Gadkari to supervise the Delhi Assembly elections," he declared. Gadkari, ironically, was the predecessor of Rajnath Singh, who has now been given the charge of Delhi Assembly polls. Gadkari, who was forced to resign as the BJP President after financial irregularities in his Purti Group of Companies came to light, has been entrusted with the maximum work in the run-up to the elections. Gadkari, besides looking after Delhi Assembly polls, has been given the responsibility of preparing the Vision Document for the Lok Sabha polls. He is the blue-eyed boy of the Sangh and can be considered for the topmost job by the Sangh, if Narendra Modi fails to make it at the last-minute. Twenty sub-committees were announced by the BJP after the marathon BJP Parliamentary Board meeting in Delhi on Thursday, where all the leaders were present. Modi's stamp was evident in the setting-up of the committees, as special care has been taken to include all the aspects required for the poll-preparedness. Committees to woo the New Voters, organising traditional campaign, reaching out to the Friends of BJP and special focus on the North-East, etc, have been constituted. For publicity and poll campaign, the help of social media like Twitter, Face Book and What's App, will all be taken. Modi' aide Amit Shah has been specially drafted into key panels. Services of all the senior leaders will be taken, who have been given functional responsibilities. While Leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have been asked to oversee the Campaign and Publicity work along with Amit Shah and Sudhanshu Trivedi, former BJP President Murli Manohar Joshi has been given the task of preparing the BJP Election Manifesto for 2014. Joshi will be assisted by Jaswant Sinha and Yashwant Sinha besides Bandarau Dattatreya, Sushil Kumar Modi and others. Similarly, former BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu will oversee the organizing of nationwide rallies. Information and Communication campaign has been entrusted to BJP Treasurer Piyush Goyal, while the work of preparing literature has been given to Balbir Punj, along with other State leaders of the party. The BJP will come up with the Chargesheet against the Misrule of the UPA government in the last nine years. Price-rise, economic slowdown, corruption and the misgovernance of the Congress-ruled States will be highlighted to expose the Manmohan Singh government on all the fronts. Deputy Leaders of the Opposition in both the Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, namely Gopinath Munde and Ravi Shankar Prasad, have been asked to prepare the Chargesheet against UPA, along with Nirmala Seetharaman, Kirit Somaiya and couple of other leaders. The list, in itself, is reflective of the homework done by Narendra Modi in constituting as many as 20 poll panels that covers the entire gamut of party electioneering. Sources stated that earlier M Venkaiah Naidu had suggested distributing the work to the senior leaders by making them zonal incharges, which was vehemently opposed by several leaders. The poll panels, which have been constituted under the supervision of the RSS, has taken care of the fact that no single leader, except Modi, gets the credit or the blame for the party's performance in the crucial Lok Sabha polls. BJP
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