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BJP `move' to replace Modi

By Neena Vyas

NEW DELHI, MAY 24. The Bharatiya Janata Party has begun consultations to a find a replacement for the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. A senior party leader indicated that "this could happen within a month or two."

However, the party spokespersons continue to maintain that there is "no question of a change of Chief Minister in Gujarat." But, that was the party position even days before the former Chief Minister, Keshubhai Patel, was asked to put in his resignation to make way for Mr. Modi.

Yesterday, the former Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, held a meeting here with the Gujarat State unit chief, Rajendrasinh Rana, and three State general secretaries, Jayanthibhai Barot, Bhupendersinh Chudasma and Suresh Gandhi.

At the meeting, Mr. Advani was briefed in detail on the reasons why the BJP won far fewer seats than expected — 14 of a total of 26, when the expectation was that it would bag as many as 22 seats. The factors that led to the erosion of the party's support base were: Mr. Modi's style of functioning which alienated the party legislators as well as ordinary workers; the raising of power tariffs that angered farmers, especially the powerful Patels; the fact that the BJP lost seats in central Gujarat constituencies such as Kheda and Anand where Mr. Modi had campaigned extensively; and, finally, the unhappiness of even the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh whose Bharatiya Kisan Sangh had agitated against the steps taken by the Modi Government. Reportedly, a detailed analysis of the election results was done, seat-by-seat. "Even the RSS leader, Laljibhai Patel, wants Mr. Modi out," said a BJP leader later.

A few days ago, the former Chief Ministers, Mr. Keshubhai Patel and Suresh Mehta, and the Surat MP, Kashiram Rana, were asked to meet the party high command here. However, that meeting could not materialise, as Mr. Patel was unable to come. "They will come here soon," party leaders indicated.

"In the State Assembly Mr. Modi was forced to admit that the Government spent Rs. 13 crores on the `vibrant Gujarat' campaign, and [an] investment of Rs. 11 crores came into the State as a result. This has angered the people... this waste of public money for boosting his own image... " a party leader told The Hindu. He pointed out that although the BJP won 14 seats in Gujarat, "the expectation was much higher... we cannot compare the BJP's base in Gujarat with other States."

In Gujarat, the BJP's organisation elections are complete but for the election of the State president. This has to be done soon, and an indication could come from the high command through the choice of the man for this job. The names being mentioned are: Dilip Singhani (reportedly Mr. Modi's choice), Gordhan Zadapia and Kaushik Patel (supported by the others).

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