23 October, 2020

The Humble Manoeuvre

Will BJP unite behind a modified Modi?

AP
The Humble Manoeuvre
outlookindia.com
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Split And After

  • Gujarat CM Narendra Modi seeks blessings from the old guard
  • As campaign committee chief,  stresses “taking everyone along’’
  • Bihar BJP unit suggests roping in independent leaders like Upendra Kushwaha to lift spirits 
  • L.K. Advani meets RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Delhi, for the first time after his resignation from all posts in the BJP; discuss inner party functioning

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‘Being disrespectful’ was a serious charge. So Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi addressed it by paying respects. Not to one, but to all three of the oldest leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He called on the trinity of Murli Mano­har Joshi, Lal Krishna Advani and Atal Beh­ari Vajpayee, in ascending order, who blessed the rising son from the west.

Just two days earlier, on June 17, Modi’s bete noire in the National Democratic Alliance had declared the alliance broken. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar...

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