06 December, 2020

Almost Official Now

Is a parallel power centre being set up via an Advani deputy prime ministership?

Jitender Gupta
Almost Official Now
outlookindia.com
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Could this be the beginning of finalising the succession in the BJP-led NDA government and reasserting the party's core Hindutva agenda? One of the important elements of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's mid-term cabinet expansion plan is a larger role for home minister L.K. Advani in the government and the party organisation. There was intense speculation last week that he may even be elevated as deputy prime minister.

Even though Advani has been functioning as the No. 2 in the government and is privy to every important decision taken by the PM, the designation itself would confer on him de jure authority, making the line of succession in the BJP absolutely clear. Not that there were many contenders to begin with. Before Tehelka, people close to George Fernandes fancied his chances. To neutralise that, Vajpayee last fortnight apparently chose Fernandes to talk to the allies and ask them if they had any reservations about Advani's re-designation. While most NDA constituents have no problem, the views of Chandrababu Naidu are not yet known. Chances are that if the move...
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