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Rajnath Singh's team 2014: BJP is going towards self-destruction, says Kapil Sibal

Sunday, 31 March 2013 - 3:11pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday said that the re-induction of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP's) Parliamentary Board will result in the party's self-destruction.

Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday said that the re-induction of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP's) Parliamentary Board will result in the party's self-destruction.

"The re-induction of Narendra Modi to the BJP's Parliamentary Board will cause self-destruction of the BJP," Sibal told media on the second entry of Modi to the BJP core group.

"The real Modi's challenge is for BJP. It is Modi who is seeking to takeover the party. Once Modi takes over the party, there is no BJP," he said.

"BJP has no ideology of its own. How long they will survive with this kind of situation only time will tell. And for a experience person like Yashwant Sinha to be left out. Its only the story emerges out that those who fights for the cause over party are ultimately thrown out," he added.

On Modi's aide and former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, who become the general secretaries of the party, Sibal said: "The person who has been appointed as general secretary has got serious charges against him. The BJP is going towards self-destruction.

Shah, who has several criminal cases against him and is out on bail, was allowed only recently to return to Gujarat by the Supreme Court.

Modi makes his comeback to the party's top decision-making body after six years.

The parliamentary board has only 11 top-ranking leaders and Modi is the only chief minister included in this select group.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, who met party's veteran L.K. Advani this morning ahead of the announcement, named Amit Shah, Varun Gandhi, J P Nadda, Ananth Kumar, Dharmendra Pradhan, Muralidhar Rao and Rajiv Pratap Rudy as general secretaries of the party.

Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani has been replaced by Saroj Pandey as the head of the BJP's women's wing, but has been appointed as one of the party's vice-presidents.

Besides Irani, Sadananda Gowda, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dr C. P. Thakur, Jual Urao, S. S. Ahluwalia, Balbir Punj, Satpal Malik, Prabhat Jha, Uma Bharti, Bijyo Chakravarti Lakxmikanta Chawla and Kiran Maheshwari have also been made the party's vice-presidents.

Prakash Javadekar, Shah Nawaz Hussain, Nirmala Sitaraman, Vijay Sonkar Shashtri, Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, Meenakshi Lekhi and Captain Abhimanyu have been made the party's spokespersons.

This is part of the BJP's massive overhaul as the new president puts in place his team of officebearers, carefully balancing the interests of the party with those of its ideological mentor, the RSS.


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