The re-election of Nitin Gadkari as party president has now been reduced to a bureaucratic procedure, and there is not much excitement over the second term for the man who has not really shown a flair for leading the party on the roads to victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. That role is now being assigned to the man who scored a hat-trick in Gujarat, chief minister Narendra Modi.
The buzz in the party is that it is a matter of time before the party’s campaign committee will be formed after the formalities of the election of the party president, and the national council and the central parliamentary board will be reconstituted, and that the campaign committee will be headed by Modi.
There is a sense of resignation among the party functionaries that it will not be business as before in the party setup, and that Modi will decide as to who would be part of his team, and that there will not be much of inner party consultations or that differences in views will be entertained.
There is also the feeling that Modi will do things his own way and he will not follow any of the existing rules of the game.
There is an ambivalence about the arrival of Modi into the party’s central office set up. It is being seen as an inevitable development and that there is no stopping him. There is also the realisation that the existing line up of leaders cannot remain unaffected.
The campaign committee is an innovation for the BJP, but the sources admit that they are taking a leaf from the Congress which has set up a campaign committee under party general secretary Rahul Gandhi. They feel that it will be an effective counter-tactic in the Battle 2014.
It is expected that the campaign committee will be formed sometime in April when the national council will meet after Gadkari’s re-election.