Will National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval join the BJP? Speculation is doing the rounds that he may well do so before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Will National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval join the BJP? Speculation is doing the rounds that he may well do so before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This has arisen after Shaurya attended the Uttarakhand BJP state executive committee meeting in Haldwani. A few BJP workers had found his attendance surprising. Shaurya, however, refuted such claims, saying he is not looking at making any such move. “My task is to run the India Foundation. Currently I am not venturing into politics,” the 43-year-old was quoted as saying by Indian Express. Doval said he was present at the meet on Sunday to observe, learn and see whether he could provide any input to the BJP.
Around 260 members had attended the Sunday’s executive committee meeting. Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, party’s Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju, a few state ministers, some BJP MLAs and MPs, party workers, and about 50-60 special invitees also attended the meet. Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt said, “I had invited him (Doval) to the meeting as a ‘special invitee to the executive committee’. He is part of an advisory group of eight-nine members. I meet them whenever I am in Delhi and take their advice on various issues in Uttarakhand, especially those related to the economy.”
Earlier on November 5, Doval had spoken on Uttarakhand’s economy at ‘Raibaar’, a state government programme to celebrate 17 years of the state’s formation. The event was attended by various dignitaries, including Army chief General Bipin Rawat.
Notably, Ajit Doval is considered to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recently, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had visited Afghanistan in October, days after US President Donald Trump said that he has started to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan — much to the discomfiture of many in New Delhi and Kabul. Doval’s schedule was kept under wraps to avert any incident — it was announced only late on Monday, after the visit. Sources said that US Defense Secretary James Mattis was the target of a failed rocket attack near a key Afghanistan airport in September, although the attack occurred after he had left the airport.
Post-visit, Kabul and New Delhi said in a joint statement, “Both sides welcomed the opportunities created by the new US strategy for bringing peace and security in Afghanistan.” This is a reference to Trump administration’s strategy, which has prompted closer security and development cooperation between India and Afghanistan.