Old guard dropped from key BJP body
Aug 26 2014
Organisational changes in the party carried out by BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday had the distinct Modi stamp.
As a gesture to ailing former prime minister Vajpayee and other stalwarts, Advani and Joshi have been accommodated in the new five-member 'Margdarshak Mandal' (guiding group), which the Congress promptly dubbed an 'old age home'.
The BJP, however, called it a 'generational shift'. It justified the removal of Advani and Joshi by city the party principle of a cut-off age of 75 years which was applied for the Modi cabinet.
Three-time Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party general secretary J P Nadda are the new entrants to the parliamentary board. They have also been included in BJP's central election committee, which decides on the party candidates to be fielded in elections.
Chouhan's inclusion in these two key bodies also signals his return to the good books of the prime minister, after being virtually pitted against Modi by Advani on the issue of development. Chouhan has also been facing the heat over the raging exam scam in Madhya Pradesh.
The 12-member parliamentary board chaired by Amit Shah now has Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ramlal and Shahnawaz Hussain as members.
Incidentally, Hindutva hawk Vinay Katiyar has been dropped from the central election committee. Former BJP Mahila Morcha president Saroj Pandey has been replaced by Vijaya Rahatkar. Jual Oram, tribal affairs minister, is now in the CEC.