first_imgWhile the BJP national executive meet was held amid the scorching humidity of Allahabad, a city known as the holy Hindu land of sangam as much as its relationship to the Mughals, something hotter was the speculation whether Rajnath Singh would be made the face of the party in the crucial UP polls.WHO WILL BE BJP’s FACE?The fire was further fuelled by the number of hoardings and billboards lining up the streets leading to the venue, KP College grounds, the largest ground of Allahabad, known for Jawaharlal Nehru’s massive public speeches. All the displays had Singh along with party chief Amit Shah and PM Modi.The speculation was fired due to conflicting occurrences: the main backdrop of the meet only sported Shah and Modi, also former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani but not Singh.However, the booklet which the party distributed yet again showed Modi and Singh in arms but on the last page.Once again, inside the meeting, which was closed to the media apart from a short photo opportunity, Singh was not called on the dais while Finance minister Arun Jaitley was up there with the Prime Minister.However, senior party leader and Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tried to parry questions from journalists regarding this issue. “These posters and banners mean nothing and not much should be read into them. People and supporters do put up these, but it must stop at that. President Amit Shah has decided that BJP must and will form a government in UP; who will be the face of the party in the state will be decided by the parliamentary committee. Such decisions are not taken here.”advertisementVARUN GANDHI VS RAJNATH SINGHAnother political figure who added to the confusion was BJP’s very own Gandhi scion Varun Gandhi.While speculation had been rife for some time that he could also be in the race to lead the party in UP, if politics of posters is anything to go by, Gandhi remained only second to Singh in terms of numbers.Prasad, who held a press meet at the end of the event, said BJP had taken crucial decisions on the programmes and agenda of the party for the next three months. While Shah inaugurated the event, Modi still remained the centre of attention.The telecommunications minister, who presented excerpts from the presidential speech, said the party was confident of making the next government in the state.”The president said we have achieved two milestones – completed two years in office and made a spectacular show in recent polls. We have captured Assam, the gateway of the Northeast and increased vote share in Kerala and West Bengal.”PRASAD DIVERTS ATTENTIONPrasad said the Modi government had put paid to the policy paralysis that afflicted the UPA and there had been no instance of corruption.He added that in the meet Shah underlined that Modi government had resolved crucial dilemmas of the previous dispensation: “between urban and rural; reform and public welfare; bureaucracy and government; and defence policy and foreign policy.”The high-profile meet in Allahabad also lauded the government over its achievements in bumping up the gap in India’s growth rate, decreasing fiscal deficit as well as current account deficit.”Our achievements in foreign policy can be gauged from the fact that two Muslim nations, Iran and Afghanistan, conferred their highest civilian awards on the PM.”ALSO READ:  BJP leaders miffed as Varun Gandhi’s posters dot Allahabadlast_img

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