At BJP meet, simple living, high thinking

Written by Nistula Hebbar | Nistula Hebbar | Mumbai | Updated: May 24 2012, 07:13am hrs
The mood of downturn in the economy, the spectre of drought in Maharashtra and an uncertain political climate have reflected themselves in the arrangements for the BJPs National Executive to be held here over the next two days.

The arrangements have been kept simple - No five stars, lavish buffet spreads or even an open coffee bar is in evidence for the first National Executive held by the party in nine months. The Maharashtra unit of the party has made it clear that the meeting would be brainstorming, accompanied by simple living. We are facing the prospect of a drought in the state, which is why the arrangements are very simple, said Mumbai BJP president Raj Purohit. By evening, the announcement that the Union government had hiked fuel rates by Rs 7.50 just added to the gloomy mood.

On the agenda of the meeting is the endorsement of party president Nitin Gadkaris second consecutive term, a departure for the party, which would require an amendment to the partys constitution.

While the matter of Gadkaris continuance seems to have been settled sometime back among senior leaders of the party, internal strife is something the party continues to face. Reports that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa may keep away from the party conclave continue to dog the event. Why are you asking specific questions. This issue of who is coming and who is not will be settled on the day itself. We are not sure who is arriving by what train, plane, etc, said senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu.

The current political situation will also be discussed at the meet, with issues like naxalism, terrorism, the fall of the rupee and the attack on the federal structure of the Constitution likely to figure prominently in the meeting. A political resolution at the end of the two-day deliberations is likely.

A meeting of the National Executive of the party is being held after a long time, and the national council has in fact not met since Gadkaris anointment as party chief in Indore in 2010. With the presidential polls around the corner, and changing political axis in Delhi, the party may well need a simple living, high thinking break.