New Delhi, Sept. 29: Rajnath Singh today replaced Narendra Modi as the head of the BJP’s central campaign committee.
Sources said a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board settled for the BJP president as a “consensus choice” after failing to agree on either Arun Jaitley or Sushma Swaraj. Jaitley was Modi’s choice for the post but L.K. Advani wanted Swaraj, the sources said.
Shortly before Modi was declared the party’s candidate for Prime Minister, Advani and Sushma had pointed out that he already held two posts — that of Gujarat chief minister and head of the campaign committee.
They argued that in consonance with the BJP’s “tradition” of sharing responsibilities, Modi should give up at least one post and suggested that he make way for another chief minister or appoint a deputy so that Gujarat’s governance was not “disturbed”, the sources said. But Modi opted to give up the campaign chief’s post and wanted Jaitley, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, to take his place.
Advani and Sushma opposed this. The party patriarch pitched for Sushma, who leads the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the sources said. She did not make the cut on the ground that she was never an organisation hand. Rajnath, the sources said, has developed a “rapport” with Modi.