Modi to quit Vadodara for Jaitley ?

New Delhi :  Narendra Modi is considering quitting his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat while retaining the Varanasi seat. He is understood to have asked Arun Jaitley to contest from Vadodara, so that he can become a Lok Sabha member. But for that to happen he will have to vacate the Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat from where he was nominated earlier.

It makes sense for Modi to retain Varanasi as the BJP would like to cash in on its Lok Sabha success in Uttar Pradesh and strengthen its grass-root base. It is an open secret that the RSS cadres had canvassed for the BJP candidates in the state.

A top party source said Modi has a larger plan: he plans to induct his man Friday Amit Shah into the Rajya Sabha by filling up the slot vacated by Jaitley, after he moves to the Lok Sabha.

Modi is already lobbying for Amit Shah as the new BJP president in place of Rajnath Singh, who is tipped to join the Union Cabinet.  Rajnath Singh wants another general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is credited for resurrecting the BJP in Himachal Pradesh, to succeed him as party president, but Modi is believed to have told him as well as the RSS leadership that he wants his handpicked man to head the party.

Shah was largely responsible for delivering UP to the BJP on a platter. Modi hopes to replicate this success in Mahrashtra and other states during the Assembly election.

Shah has acquired a reputation as Modi’s Mr Fix-It. Modi will need him in the months to come to replicate his Lok Sabha success in States like Mahrashtra where the BJP organisation is in a shambles since the death of Pramod Mahajan.

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