BJP chief Nitin Gadkari is all set to get his second three-year term as the party president,lack of consensus within BJP on who should succeed him tilted the scales in favor of Gadkari in the final lap.
The party is expected to complete the formalities and make an announcement by end-January, in a decision which guarantees RSS upper hand in the saffron party’s matters.
Considering that a second term for Gadkari had looked virtually impossible after disclosures of irregularities in his companies linked to him hit the headlines last year, the prospect of a second term may appear to be almost a political miracle.
In his second term as the party chief, Gadkari would be in-charge of the main Opposition party when the next Lok Sabha polls will be held.
Gadkari was made the party chief in December 2009 following the tenure of Rajnath Singh when infighting in the party’s top brass had peaked. Just as now, since the BJP seniors had failed to take a call on who would head the party among them, opening the door for RSS to depute Gadkari.
Although the nod for a second term should guarantee that Sangh retained its decisive say in party affairs, it can also serve to enhance Modi’s already-formidable appeal among cadre. Modi — ever the favourite with the ranks — has been looming large since his victory in Gujarat polls and because of the increasing belief in the core constituency that he, with his plan of high growth rates, effective governance and clean image, should be the party’s mascot for the next parliamentary polls.