| BJP leaders Mangal Pandey (left) and Sushil Kumar Modi at the news meet in Patna on Friday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
The spectacular results of the BJP in Bihar slamming brakes on the progress of Lalu Prasadís RJD and chief minister Nitish Kumarís JD(U) has strengthened the image of the stateís BJP leaders.
In Bihar, the BJP, fighting against its two opponents ó the RJD and the JD(U) ó not only stopped them in their tracks but even grabbed about 80 per cent of the total seats.
According to BJP sources, Narendra Modi is likely to reward Bihar leaders for their performance, including many senior leaders. Sources said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, C.P. Thakur and Ravi Shankar Prasad were likely to be inducted into Modiís cabinet.
Bihar BJP state president Mangal Pandey said: ďThis time, we expect that a good number of BJP leaders from the state would be inducted into the Union cabinet.Ē Though Pandey refused to name the leaders who could be inducted into the cabinet, sources said that region and caste equations would be considered while finalising the names from the state.
Sources said Rudy who defeated heavyweight Rabri Devi from Saran would be accommodated into the cabinet. Rudy was in the Vajpayee cabinet and held the civil aviation ministry. Another BJP member likely to be included in the Modi cabinet is deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Prasad too had held the position of minister of state in the coal and mines ministry, law and justice ministry and information and broadcasting ministry in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Apart from inducting key BJP leaders from Bihar into Modiís cabinet, the party victory in the state is also going to give more importance to other senior BJP leaders, especially Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav and Mangal Pandey, under whose leadership the party pulled off a brilliant show.
Sources said the BJP was likely to carry forward the hard work of these star leaders in the 2015 Assembly elections. Though the BJP wanted to retain these leaders in the state, Sushil Modi has no problem in working either at the Centre or in the state. Modi told The Telegraph: ďAs a disciplined soldier of the party, I am ready to accept any responsibility that the party gives me.Ē
After the NDA alliance broke up in the state in June last year, Sushil, Nand Kishore and Mangal toiled tirelessly by touring each and every constituency in Bihar, strongly campaigning against the Nitish Kumar government.
The trio organised rallies at the block headquarters. Moreover, after the announcement of the election dates, each of the three leaders addressed more than 150 rallies in two months.
Sushil alone addressed around 180 public meetings at the block headquarters, Nand Kishore around 160 and Mangal around 147. Nand Kishore said: ďThe hard work we have done in the parliamentary elections would be repeated in the Assembly elections in 2015.Ē