New Delhi: The national capital’s political grapevine began warming as soon as the BJP’s big win became apparent on the morning of May 23. BJP chiefAmit Shah, already number 2 as seen and most of his predecessors from different, center at of discussion with speculation swirling on the portfolio he will hold.
With portfolios yet to be announced, the discussion in the political circles was whether he’d been home, finance or defense with former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s swearing-in making him oversees affairs Shah’s appointment only
Shah’s entry into the Cabinet Committee on Security will be in keeping with the astonishing rise of the Hindu nationalist who has portraits of his ideals – Chanakya and Savarkar – prominently displayed in his living room. A former ABVP activist who was mentored by PMNarendra Modiin his early years as a ‘swayamsevak’, Shah is expected to bring to the government the unrelenting focus, with which he has been Hindutva themes. He can be a pragmatist, but only to the extent of tweaking or, at most, pausing his trajectory Retreat is ruled out.
As a young boy, he was once clambered on the shoulders of a ‘shakha’ head who asked volunteers to remove him from a circle as part of a game aimed at “removing” an invader from Kashmir. His ideological focus only sharpened as he grew older, reflecting in his view that there is no scope for dialogue with separatists.
The question was not so much as to the cabinet and CCS. It was who will handle the BJP organization, stepping in a role that Shah has given heft and authority that many before him lacked His close association with Modi and shared political vision made him the perfect foil in the job.
At the same time, the BJP chief carved a distinct image for himself, with his blunt ways and an aggressive brand of ‘total politics’. Defeats in Delhi and Bihar in 2015 did not slow down in theLok Sabhapolls from losses in Madhya Pradesh,RajasthanandChhattisgarhin December last year only served to a impressive reputation.
The decision on the party post was the most difficult of choices before the PM and Shah during their discussions following BJP’s victory. The absence of health minister, JP Nadda from the list of ministers was heightened speculation that he could move to the organization as ‘working president’.
There are important elections inMaharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand later this year and in Delhi early in 2020. Given Shah’s sure handling of organizational matters, his unique attention to detail in maping issues and relevant people and organizations, their sudden exit From the party job can be problematic and Modi may not want to take a quick breakdown
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