A new party of BJP dissidents

November 17 2015

In the past 16-17 months, the Modi-mad BJP has given rise to endless questions within the party regarding its future. In the current circumstances when Modi and Shah can’t look beyond themselves, several veteran party leaders are considering forming a new party or platform together as a form of protest. The recent big loss in Bihar has further given the ambitions of these dissidents a shot in the arm. Party leaders such as Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashvant Sinha, Shanta Kumar, Arun Shourie, Shatrughn Sinha and Ram Jethmalani are worried that in the recent years, ever since the Modi sun has risen on the BJP’s horizon, the party has strayed from Atal ji’s ideals. So on the occasion of Atal ji’s birthday on December 25, these leaders may collectively announce the formation of Bhartiya Janata Party (Vajpeyi). If there are hurdles in the formation of a new party, these veteran party leaders might give it the shape of a new platform. A reliable source with Advani claims that this effort by the party veteran leaders also has the inside support of the Sangh Parivar, which is seeing the move as a pressure tactic for Modi. The Modi camp has also started its exercise to pacify these senior party leaders. Sources reveal that Modi has handed over this responsibility to his reliable trio – Jaitley, Gadkari, and Venkaiah Naidu. Ananth Kumar has started making efforts on his own. But pacifying the irate veteran leaders will not be that easy this time.

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