Post a Super Show on Saturday, Modi Out to Take in The Applause
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, having ended what the BJP often described in its campaigns as '14 saal ka vanvaas', will appear in public for the first time since his party's landslide victory in UP and a record victory in Uttarakhand.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: Reuters)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, having ended what the BJP often described in its campaign as '14 saal ka vanvaas', will appear in public for the first time since his party's landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
All the party leaders, who're lined up at 11 Ashoka Road at this moment, owe their gratitude and future political security of the party to Narendra Modi, who staked his own image and emerged triumphant by leading the party to an astonishing victory in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.
According to some reports, Modi could travel in his convoy till the Le Meridien hotel from where he could take the 100 m walk down to his party headquarters, where party workers, lined up on both sides of the Ashoka Road, are expected to greet him.
After Saturday's result, the Prime Minister has proven that he is the tallest leader in the country at the moment and his stature is complemented by his own party man and BJP president Amit Shah.
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Both will later during the day, in the party's parliamentary committee meeting, anoint the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and decide the future course for Goa, where they are likely to form government. In Manipur, the battle is getting more interesting by the minute.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, the current state BJP president, with his large appeal among backward castes and history with the RSS is being considered a solid contender for UP CM's choice. As is Manoj Sinha, from the Bumihar caste, who is considered close to Modi and Shah. Among other names, Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma is being considered a dark horse. He is also known to be close to Modi-Shah and is the national Vice President in-charge of Gujarat. A formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made only after Holi.
On Saturday, the party registered its biggest ever victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Not only did BJP not confine regional powers like BSP and SP to historic low, the Modi led juggernaut did not allow Congress, who once ruled UP with huge successive mandates, to score in double digits.
Although there are still a few years left for BJP to secure majority in Rajya Sabha as well, the party knows that at this pace would have decimated opposition in both houses of the Parliament. Wins in the two populous states also allows the party to appoint a President of its choice and has laid a firm ground for its 2019 campaign.
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