There is a conspiracy movement to snuff out the candidacy of Narendra Modi for leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party or Indian People’s Party. With the apparent nod of current BJP top leader Rajnath Singh, Modi is all but assured the BJP candidate for top leadership. Senior Party leaders seem to have mixed feelings of Modi within India’s political atmosphere.
BJP launched pre-election activities called ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ with posters of its central leaders without Modi’s image printed on them. Produced by Member of Parliament chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the posters included: Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Ananth Kumar, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh.
Officials have dismissed the incident as harmless; supporters of Modi took the gesture as a swipe at the candidate’s popularity. Modi is viewed by many in India’s political scene as not being a team player and have relegated senior leaders to menial authority.
“I want to ask where are the leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh? I want them to be properly utilized by the party,” said Shatrughan Sinha, BJP MP from Bihar. “If there is no self-side goal within the party, Delhi will be easily within our grasp,” said Sinha of upcoming elections.
Modi received heavy criticism from fellow party members during the Uttarkahand floods in which it is stated he focused evacuation efforts on pilgrims from the Gujaratis state. Senior officials have since felt uneasy about his leadership ability. In meetings with the parliament board and other forums, his presence has created reporting structure issues with leaders senior to him.
There is an apparent conspiracy to snuff out the candidacy of Narendra Modi. It is reported that 65 members of Parliament had written letters to President Barack Obama, urging the support of current U.S. policy denying a visa to Modi. Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury denied the action, “I deny having signed any such letter. It is neither in my character nor in the principles of my party – the CPM – to petition any sovereign country on matters that fall strictly within the sovereign domain of that country.”
Shivraj Singh Chouhan sought to play down the poster incident in a statement to media persons. He spoke in the affirmative of Modi’s leadership ability. “He is a senior leader of BJP and also the poll panel chief. I have great respect for him and under his guidance BJP will definitely win the general polls.”
There is a conspiracy to snuff out Narendra Modi. The BJP is going into full gear for the 2014 elections and officials seem disjointed in regards to political sodality. Modi heads the party’s campaign for the upcoming general elections and for assembly elections in four different states. It is hoped that his leadership is one of a collective effort with the use of fellow senior officials in campaign matters. Senior party members have been skeptical of Modi and hope that his decision making is not that reflective of the Uttarkahand incident.
By Thomas Barr