15 June, 2021

Saffron Runs Colour

Crisis in BJP deepens as regional satraps defy central leadership

P. Lashkari
Saffron Runs Colour

On May 6, two hours into a marathon meeting of the BJP’s Rajasthan core committee in Jaipur, former chief minister and leader of opposition in the state, Vasundhararaje, stormed out of the deliberations. She had a dramatic message for the waiting media contingent: she would resign from the party if her rival and RSS strongman Gulabchand Kataria did not withdraw his proposed statewide yatra. Another state satrap was acting up after B.S. Yediyurappa had done so in Karnataka last month. Not to overlook the fact that Narendra Modi now just ignores the existence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

The Jaipur rebellion happened just 24 hours after Gadkari had worked the wires, urging both Raje and Kataria to resolve their issues at the state level. However, it was Gadkari himself who had created the problem by agreeing to flag off Kataria’s 28-day-long yatra slated to begin on May 9. For Raje, this was an indication from the party high command that she had competition for the top job in Rajasthan. And she wasn’t going to take it...

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