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BJP mulling age limit for Parliamentary Board: sources

Aug 21, 2014 01:43 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: After keeping party veterans out of the Cabinet, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now mulling an age limit cut-off for the party's Parliamentary board. Sources have told CNN-IBN that consultations are on with the BJP on the structure of the new Parliamentary board.

Sources say that 75 years cut-off formula is likely to be applied for the Parliamentary board following which some top leaders need to be dropped. Applying that formula would mean dropping out party veterans Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

Sources say that the Sangh's dilemma is that the exclusion of the patriarch may send a wrong signal.

The newly appointed BJP President Amit Shah has already reconstituted the office bearers of the party. It was met with no resistance or sulking. His next big challenge is the reconstitution of BJP's top decision making body the parliamentary board.

The BJP constitution stipulates that the national executive shall appoint a Parliamentary board consisting of the Party President and ten members, one of whom will be the leader of the party in Parliament, with Party President as Chairman. One of the general secretaries shall be appointed as the secretary of the parliamentary board.

The board under Rajnath Singh as President had comprised

Rajnath Singh: President

AB Vajpayee
LK Advani
Narendra Modi
Arun Jaitley
Sushma Swaraj
Nitin Gadkari
Venkaih Naidu
Thawar Chandra Gehlot
Murli Manohar Joshi
Ananth Kumar: Secretary

The general secretary organisation in this case was Ram Lal who is also invited for the board meetings.

The Parliamentary Board is the topmost decision making body of the BJP. To expand or contract the Parliamentary board, one has to amend the party constitution. Conventionally, all former national presidents are included in the parliamentary board. In the current board five have served as presidents in the past.