BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY

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Some cabinet berths likely from the organization?

Once the organizational restructuring of the Bharatiya Janata Party is complete under its new president Jagat Prakash Nadda, there are chances of expansion in the Cabinet any time soon with some of the dropout leaders from the organization likely to get a ministerial berth in the Modi government. There are chances of former general secretaries -- Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey -- getting inducted into the ministry.

Another former general secretary Ram Madhav, who was expected to be made Vice President of the party, may be inducted into ministry as he did not get any place in the party. However, party insiders say that chances of his induction into the ministry are very bleak. In the case of Ram Madhav missing the bus of Cabinet, he may be asked to work for the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the party has very ambitious plans.

Former general secretary Murali Dhar Rao will have to work in Andhra Pradesh to work for the better prospects of the party in the state. Though Tamil Nadu did not get any representation in the organization but otherwise the entire focus of the party is on southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The reason for Tamil Nadu being overlooked for organization is obvious that there are two important Cabinet positions to Tamilians – Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

29 Sep 2020
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BJP President Nadda announces new team: Ram Madhav, GVL & Muralidhar Rao dropped, Tejaswi youth wing’s chief

Eight months after taking over as National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jagat Prakash Nadda on Saturday announced the 70-member national executive committee as his new team.

What is more surprising is the absence of big names like G V L Narasimha Rao, Ram Madhav and P Muralidhar Rao in the list. While GVL was the national official spokesman, Ram Madhav from Andhra and P Muralidhar Rao from Telangana was the national general secretaries in the previous term. It is yet not known whether they will be given another assignment. Tejashwi Surya (BJP MP) has been made the new President of Yuva Morcha; the party’s youth wing. Tejaswi replaces Poonam Mahajan.

The new team was expected in April but due to the coronavirus epidemic and nationwide lockdown, the party high command could neither convene the new team nor convene a meeting of national officials by calling a meeting of the National Executive and Council. Reportedly, he had prepared a list of national officials a few months back after brainstorming with senior party leaders.

In Nadda's new team, for the first time, 12 vice presidents have been appointed. They include two leaders from Jharkhand -- former chief minister Raghuvar Das and MP Annapurna Devi, besides Dr. Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje Scindia, former chief ministers of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan respectively. Mandsaur MP Sudhir Gupta is made the co-treasurer of the party.

While Nadda dropped Ram Madhav, Dr. Anil Jain, Murlidhar Rao and Saroj Pande as general secretaries -- sources say they may be given new responsibilities -- many new faces were given a place in the team as general secretaries. While Kailash Vijayvargiya retained his position, the other new general secretaries are Bhupendra Yadav, Arun Singh, Dushyant Kumar Gautam, D. Purandeshwari, CT Ravi, Tarun Chugh and Dilip Saikia. Among them, Tarun Chugh, who was a national secretary in-charge of Andaman and Nicobar, got elevated to the position of general secretary of the party.

In the new organizational setup, Tejaswi Surya replaced Poonam Mahajan as president of Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha while Alka Gurjar was made its national secretary. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was appointed as the party's national spokesperson while Anil Baluni was made national head of the party's media department.  Lal Singh Arya is now the president of BJP's Anusuchit Jati Morcha while former minister Omprakash Dhruve is made its national secretary.

In the new team, Nadda has tried to give equal participation to every state.

26 Sep 2020
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Some cabinet berths likely from the organization?

By Rakesh Ranjan 29 Sep 2020

Once the organizational restructuring of the Bharatiya Janata Party is complete under its new president Jagat Prakash Nadda, there are chances of expansion in the Cabinet any time soon with some of the dropout leaders from the organization likely to get a ministerial berth in the Modi government. There are chances of former general secretaries -- Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey -- getting inducted into the ministry.

Another former general secretary Ram Madhav, who was expected to be made Vice President of the party, may be inducted into ministry as he did not get any place in the party. However, party insiders say that chances of his induction into the ministry are very bleak. In the case of Ram Madhav missing the bus of Cabinet, he may be asked to work for the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the party has very ambitious plans.

Former general secretary Murali Dhar Rao will have to work in Andhra Pradesh to work for the better prospects of the party in the state. Though Tamil Nadu did not get any representation in the organization but otherwise the entire focus of the party is on southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The reason for Tamil Nadu being overlooked for organization is obvious that there are two important Cabinet positions to Tamilians – Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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BJP President Nadda announces new team: Ram Madhav, GVL & Muralidhar Rao dropped, Tejaswi youth wing’s chief

By IndianMandarins 26 Sep 2020

Eight months after taking over as National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jagat Prakash Nadda on Saturday announced the 70-member national executive committee as his new team.

What is more surprising is the absence of big names like G V L Narasimha Rao, Ram Madhav and P Muralidhar Rao in the list. While GVL was the national official spokesman, Ram Madhav from Andhra and P Muralidhar Rao from Telangana was the national general secretaries in the previous term. It is yet not known whether they will be given another assignment. Tejashwi Surya (BJP MP) has been made the new President of Yuva Morcha; the party’s youth wing. Tejaswi replaces Poonam Mahajan.

The new team was expected in April but due to the coronavirus epidemic and nationwide lockdown, the party high command could neither convene the new team nor convene a meeting of national officials by calling a meeting of the National Executive and Council. Reportedly, he had prepared a list of national officials a few months back after brainstorming with senior party leaders.

In Nadda's new team, for the first time, 12 vice presidents have been appointed. They include two leaders from Jharkhand -- former chief minister Raghuvar Das and MP Annapurna Devi, besides Dr. Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje Scindia, former chief ministers of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan respectively. Mandsaur MP Sudhir Gupta is made the co-treasurer of the party.

While Nadda dropped Ram Madhav, Dr. Anil Jain, Murlidhar Rao and Saroj Pande as general secretaries -- sources say they may be given new responsibilities -- many new faces were given a place in the team as general secretaries. While Kailash Vijayvargiya retained his position, the other new general secretaries are Bhupendra Yadav, Arun Singh, Dushyant Kumar Gautam, D. Purandeshwari, CT Ravi, Tarun Chugh and Dilip Saikia. Among them, Tarun Chugh, who was a national secretary in-charge of Andaman and Nicobar, got elevated to the position of general secretary of the party.

In the new organizational setup, Tejaswi Surya replaced Poonam Mahajan as president of Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha while Alka Gurjar was made its national secretary. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was appointed as the party's national spokesperson while Anil Baluni was made national head of the party's media department.  Lal Singh Arya is now the president of BJP's Anusuchit Jati Morcha while former minister Omprakash Dhruve is made its national secretary.

In the new team, Nadda has tried to give equal participation to every state.

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The fate of Ram Madhav and Muralidhar Rao hang in balance: Churning for a new team continues

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2020

The two important general secretaries in the former BJP president Amit Shah’s team – Ram Madhav and Muralidhar Rao – may not be retained as general secretaries in the new team led by president Jagat Prakash Nadda. The new president is working on the formation of his team with the consultation of the senior leadership of the party but these two leaders will either be made vice presidents or will be given some other responsibilities. On the other hand, former Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das is likely to be brought in the organisation as a general secretary.

 

There is a possibility that the responsibility of media management may be passed on to national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi in view of the health condition of present media cell in-charge Anil Baluni. Trivedi may be given some bigger responsibility as he has been handling the media the best possible way. He was very articulate in Parliament debates. Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha may also be brought in to the organisation as he has the experience of working with the present president. Chances of present national secretary Sunil Deodhar being elevated to the general secretary is discussed in some quarters.

 

Sources said that Rao is almost certain to be made vice president but uncertainty still prevails over the fate of Ram Madhav. Some say that he might be sent back to the RSS as former organising secretary Ram Lal. However, both the leaders were not only hoping Rajya Sabha but also ministerial berth. One important inclusion in the organisation will be from Tamil Nadu.

 

In a situation where the BJP is focusing more in the southern states, these leaders failed to deliver especially Rao. Both the leaders belong to undivided Andhra Pradesh. Rao belonging to the present-day Telangana failed to make any mark which is very crucial for the party. 

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Fundraising: No more a specialized job or guarantor of personal clout

By IndianMandarins 18 Mar 2020

Fundraising has always been crucially important for any political outfit. The very expertise has led many leaders to bask in the glory of special status within one’s own party as well as rise in influence in political echelons in general. The manoeuvrability for raising funds and using it for benefitting for personal gains is prevalent across party lines. This uncanny ability has helped many leaders to further grow one’s own fortunes.

Expertise in making tactful proximity with corporate houses is key in mobilising funds for political parties.  Names of late Pramod Mahajan in the BJP and Sitaram Kesri in the Congress crop up unfailingly as they have been adroit fund-raisers for their respective parties. However, the present-day BJP is getting funds from multiple sources so the dependency on any particular leader has disappeared. Once Congress and few select regional parties had few such stalwarts as fundraiser’s but now BJP appears to have surpassed them all. Several leaders have been arranging funds to run the BJP’s organizational activities that were once supported personally. Gone are days when Rajmata Scindia and alike used to fund and feed the party broadly out of their personal resources.

The present-day leadership of the BJP has evolved. Now It is capable of arranging enough funds. None of the leaders in the party is singularly in a position to register his/her importance on this count. Be it BJP or Congress or any other parties certain leaders who have been keeping their heads high for their fund-raising ability would loose their utility in the time to come.  This includes even a high-ranking Cabinet minister. Top leadership of political parties, including BJP leadership, have gradually started feeling that using fund-raising ability for personal benefits may not be acceptable as it makes the party depended on few select leaders with no mass-base and also harms the image of the party in the long run.

By: Rakesh Ranjan and Neha sharma

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An RSS ideologue vying hard to become BJP spokesperson

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

Old habits die hard. Once a self-proclaimed RSS ideologue and strategist is now trying hard to be allowed to appear in the media.

The self-proclaimed RSS ideologue earlier used to force people seeking some or the other favour to flock to his doorsteps. He is now trying hard to be accommodated as one of the spokespersons of the BJP. However, he has been conveyed via a senior RSS functionary and BJP General Secretary not to appear in media not only on behalf of the RSS but also for the BJP. He was asked categorically that he must refrain from such appearance.

 

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NMML Society reconstituted, trace of Congress erased

By IndianMandarins 07 Nov 2019

The BJP has not succeeded in making the country Congress-free as yet but it has definitely been able to make an institution Congress-free by reconstituting Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society with the ouster of Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh and Jairam Ramesh from it.

The reconstituted body has been announced with television journalist Rajat Sharma and ad-man Prasoon Joshi making it to the list. Some other names who have been dropped included former minister MJ Akbar, former army chief VP Malik, Infosys co-founder NR Narayanamurthy, historian Nayanjot Lahiri, economist Bibek Debroy, space scientist K Kasturirangan and television anchor Arnab Goswami.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is president of the society and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh its vice president. Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Prakash Javadekar, V Muraleedharan and Prahlad Singh Patel, ICCR chairman Vinay Sahsrabudhhe, Prasar Bharti chairman A Surya Prakash, secretaries of Expenditure, Culture and Housing and Urban Affairs, are its members.

Besides, chairman of the UGC, representative of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund, Raghvendra Singh, director of NMML and journalist Rajat Sharma are also the new members. Other members included Anirban Ganguly, policy researcher and author Sachchinanda Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, academic Kapil Kapoor, Lokesh Chandra, Vedic and Buddhist scholar, Makarand Pranjpe, academic, writer, Kishore Makwana, academic Kamlesh Joshipura, researcher Rizwan Kadri and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.

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Shah to focus more on home ministry for many unfinished works

By IndianMandarins 16 Oct 2019

Before relinquishing his post as party president by December, BJP president Amit Shah not only wants to train the new president to his style of working but also want major work of the party to be done. Now Shah wants to pay his complete attention of the home ministry where several unfinished issues are to be accomplished.

Shah has announced that he would make way for a new leader to head the BJP after party’s organisational elections are over by the end of this year. Shah wants state organization to be of his choice and by the time elections process of Delhi and Jharkhand will be started if not over.

Tenure of Shah gets over in December this year and it is likely that the present national executive president Jagat Prakash Nadda will be made the fulltime president of the party.

It was expected that Shah will make way for a new leader after being inducted as a Cabinet minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his government following ‘one person one post’ but he remained at the helm to complete some unfinished task.  Organisational elections are going on and a new president will assume responsibility in next two months’ time to take care of the party affairs.

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With Shah at driving seat, SS unlikely to get equal no of seats in Maharashtra

By IndianMandarins 25 Sep 2019

Amid hectic parlays on seat sharing continuing in Maharashtra for Assembly polls, if BJP president Amit Shah is saying that Maharashtra elections will be referendum of Article 370 then he must be saying this for multiple audiences including its allies in the state. The message is loud and clear that the BJP is here to deliver and it will not buckle under any pressure from anyone on anything.

 

It has been communicated to Shiv Sena by the BJP that it is not ready to concede more than 120 seats to Shiv Sena albeit some fringe benefits of more ministerial births and post of deputy chief minister but term and condition will be of the BJP. During 2014, the BJP was uncertain about its performance in Maharashtra but this time round they are bulging with confidence.

 

The BJP is working on a formula in which the party and its smaller allies would claim 168 seats leaving 120 for the Shiv Sena. The BJP will give 8 to 10 Assembly seats to its smaller allies and contest on 160-158 seats on its own. Actually the BJP wants to win around 145 seats to gets simple majority of its own which they feel is very much possible in the present circumstances.

 

But Shiv Sena is insisting for the equal number of seats and also wants to swap some of the seats with the BJP but sources informed that the Shiv Sena being given equal number of seats does not appear to be working out.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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