As Modi looms large, BJP looks larger: ‘Fifth straight win for party’
“We have won five consecutive elections in Gujarat, three of them under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters. “This is the 2012 election and this settles the issue of 2012. The issues related to 2014 will be discussed and decided when the situation warrants,” he added in response to a query.
It appears that this was part of a careful media strategy worked out by the party to “not fall into the trap” of queries around Modi as PM on Thursday.
However, Gujarat being the first hat-trick victory of any BJP leader, the central leadership of the party will find it difficult to ward off Modi’s claim for greater say in the party’s national affairs leading up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Another leader, in this context, indicated the relief in Delhi leadership that Modi did not outperform himself this time. “Had it been 140 seats or more, there would have been immense pressure and short deadlines to declare Modi as first among equals,” confided a central BJP leader.
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