Oct 012012

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amended its party constitution yesterday in order to allow Nitin Gadkari to become the party president for the second term after the completion of his tenure in December. However, some believe that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) was the driving force behind this decision, despite his presence at the helm not appreciated by many other party leaders.

“Gadkari is largely being projected as the next national leader in order to curb the Modi phenomenon. The BJP is making sure he is looked in the same light as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deen Dayal Upadhyay,” Pushpesh Pant, political analyst and former JNU professor, said on CNN-IBN.

Is Gadkari the right man for a second term as BJP’s president?
Rather than a anti-minority, strongman image that is epitomised by Narendra Modi, Gadkari represented a more level-headed face of the party, he said.

But is Gadkari then the right man to lead one of India’s biggest political parties? Not according to Pant.

“He does not have the gravitas to lead the largest opposition party in the country. There are enough people in the BJP who have proven themselves,” he said.

The new steps of RSS are going to help Congress in a big way, though indirectly.

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