New Delhi : Top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) held a four-hour session with new party president Amit Shah at the residence of union minister and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Thursday to finalise the new office-bearers of the party.
Those who attended the meeting included Home Minister and former BJP chief Rajnath Singh, Organising General Secretary am Lal and RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Suresh Soni, Dattatrey Hashbole and Ram Madhav. Shah presented the list of probables to be inducted in his team and also explained his strategy in the upcoming Assembly elections.
The final stamp on Shah’s team was to be put in a dinner meeting hosted on Thursday night by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7 Race Course residence to the RSS leaders, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, and the RSS bigwigs. The list will be out in a day or two, the party sources said.
They said the two meetings also discussed the roles to be assigned to its two veterans – Lal Krishna Advani and Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi – to utilise their experience in the party. The meeting at Gadkari’s residence also discussed the upcoming Assembly elections in four states and asked Shah to insist on 50% seats from Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Assembly elections and go to polls in Haryana and Jharkhand without any alliance.
Modi had insisted on his close confidant Shah to be the party president to have cohesive relations between the government and the organisation. This same factor for close coordination between the government and the party has been kept in mind in finalising names of the office-bearers, the sources said. A new team is constituted after every change of the party president.
Even otherwise, 11 leaders from previous party chief Rajnath Singh’s team, including himself, have migrated to the government – three vice presidents Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti and Jual Oram, three general secretaries Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Dharmendra Pradhan, treasurer Piyush Goyal and three spokespersons Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman.