RSS gave up after PM Narendra Modi wanted no one else
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in persuading the RSS leadership to give clearance to the name of his trusted lieutenant Amit Shah (48) to head the Bhartiya Janata Party.
BJP President Rajnath Singh, who has to relinquish the post in view of becoming the Union Home Minister, will make the formal announcement of his appointment after the parliamentary board’s meeting on Wednesday at 12.30 pm.
Sources said the RSS gave up after Modi wanted no one else. He insisted that Shah was crucial for the party’s long-term goal of a ‘Congress-free India.’
He felt there was none else who had the multiple capabilities of Shah as an able organiser and a ruthless leader who can execute plans without any compunction.
The party machinery has to remain fight-ready and only Shah can ensure that, Modi reportedly argued and insisted on anointment of Shah immediately in view of the coming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand.
Modi is confident that Shah can turn tables on Congress in Maharashtra.
In Modi’s view, BJP does not have any leader of Gopinath Munde’s stature who can negotiate hard with Shiv Sena while Shah can deliver as he is too tough a negotiator. He can also deal with factionalism in the party well as demonstrated by him in bringing together the party leaders in faction-ridden Uttar Pradesh, sources said.
Some party stalwarts like Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi had conveyed their reservations to the RSS leadership on making Shah the president as they felt it would amount to Modi virtually ruling both the government and the party, but ultimately it was Modi’s will that prevailed on the RSS leadership.