New Delhi, 16 May-2014(Indilens Web Team): BJP’s excitement ahead of the result declaration might not be so misplaced after all. Four out of five exit poll surveys suggest the NDA could get a majority without having to look for additional partners. In fact, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad has been quoted saying, “We don’t have any plan B or plan C… we are confident that the NDA will cross the 300-mark.” He dismissed speculations that the increased meetings between top BJP leaders and the RSS brass had anything to do with the arithmetic of new alliances in the 16th parliament.
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But the party is one step ahead and is working on necessary alliance, although it has not yet been made clear if key leaders such as AIADMK’s J Jayalalitha will align themselves with BJP. And despite news of some conflict between the two parties, it is believed that Jayalalithaa herself did not contradict him, simply choosing to say that she would wait for the election results to come out before giving a response.
Similarly, the ruling BJD in Odisha also appeared to be sending signals to BJP over its possible outside support to an NDA government at the Centre. While Odisha chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik remained non-committal on supporting an NDA formation, other party leaders did not rule out the possibility and favoured conditional support to NDA.
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Even internally, the party has had to reorganise itself ahead of the elections. There has been some of talk over the still undecided fate of prominent BJP leaders such LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj. A series of meeting were held over the last few days. Sushma Swaraj met Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh at her residence so she could receive a respectable porfolio in the tentative Narendra Modi-led government. Similarly, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh also met LK Advani who is believed to be eyeing the position of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
Interestingly, Swaraj was a member of a group led by Advani, within the BJP, that opposed Narendra Modi’s selection as the prime ministerial candidate. However, eventually Advani himself announced Modi’s anointment as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
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However, a group of four top leaders, including Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, has emerged as BJP’s core group that is expected to take all key decisions. The meeting of the group, which also includes former party chief Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley, took place at Ahmedabad. Party sources said that henceforth the core group would be taking key decisions.
Of course, there is still the question of who will replace Narendra Modi in Gujarat?
The man of the hour himself has been much discussed in the media. Gujarat chief minister who became the face of BJP during the 16th Lok Sabha elections is more than just a party leader. Modi has evolved as a brand.
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