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Main opposition has again made the mistake of misreading Modi
Lucknow: Na Baithunga, na Baithne Dunga. This pledge made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a party meeting has come in for a severe criticism by the main opposition, the Congress. It has taken it as a threat, misreading his slogan.
The message he sought to convey is that he will not rest till he achieves the main goal of emerging victorious in the next Lok Sabha polls. And it was not an empty slogan. For, in reaching this target the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh will play a major role and, therefore, he has begun paying attention to the state right after the assembly election results were out.
Two administrator in his office, Nripendra Mishra and P K Sinha, who know everything they are required to know, and who are privy to most of his proposals and plans, fit into his scheme of things.They are likely to play a pivotal role.
The other thing which is required to be done is to find a suitable party candidate who can reach out to people who will matter in this regard. The choice is not easy to be made. Hence,the delay in selection of party man who should lead the state and who can deliver.
According to political pundits, Modi is likely to give a nod to some one who he thinks can be instrumental in fulfilling his desire. Since he has not zeroed in on any such leader so far the name of the next chief minister of the state has not been announced so far.
The deck is likely to be cleared on Saturday after the decision about chief ministerial candidate for the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand is made on Friday. All those who were considered to be on the top of the list have one by one denied that they were in the race because neither Modi nor his deputy Amit Shah has dropped any clear hint to them so far.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and present Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, was taken as the front runner in the race as Amit Shah had met him soon after a clear trend was available and the party was almost certain to retain power in the state after about 14 years which was likened to Ram Vanwas.
Following his denial, two other leaders were considered as the front runners–union minister of state for Railways, Manor Sinha and state BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya. None of them has given any hint of being in the running.
There are many in the political circles, however, who are not ready to buy these reports. Many a time such denials are made to avoid adverse reactions, they point out. Lack of clarity on the issue is being attributed to the fact that Modi- Shah duo who will take the final call is keeping everything close to the chest.
The suspense, therefore, is likely to continue for sometime more.
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