Taking a grim view of the challenge thrown to Mr L K Advani’s leadership by former VP Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the BJP leadership has decided against giving in to his pressure-tactics.
Former vice-president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat has said that he had ceased to be member of BJP seven years ago, when he was elected to the high constitutional post.
This is likely to be the BJP’s battle-cry for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in a state which holds the key to the next occupant of 7, Race Course Road.
With the two main national players-the Congress and BJP-unlikely to cross the 150-seat mark in the next Lok Sabha elections, it is becoming increasingly clear that the regional outfits may well call the shots in the government-formation exercise.
Having remained bereft of power at the Centre for almost five years now, BJP should have been plotting strategies to stage a political comeback. The Manmohan Singh government’s track-record, after all, cannot be said to inspire the voter.
BJP has staged a comeback of sorts, putting up its best-ever performance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Verdict of the J&K assembly election serves a grim reminder of the political portends that are emerging at the national level.
In an attempt to straighten its ties with alliance partners in the run-up to the general election so as to get the NDA battle-ready, the BJP on Wednesday appointed pointsmen to finalise the seat-sharing deals and other related issues.
The BJP has pounced on the govt’s refusal to act against Mr Antulay.
Even as the Manmohan Singh government finds itself in a bind over his remarks, minority affairs minister A R Antulay has dug his heels in, asserting that the Lok Sabha Speaker should allow him to clarify his remarks before giving the go-ahead to Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee to make his statement on the row.
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