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Updated: September 28, 2012 13:48 IST

BJP amends constitution for Gadkari to get a second term

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses the BJP National Council meeting at Surajkund in Haryana on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses the BJP National Council meeting at Surajkund in Haryana on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Bowing to the wishes of the RSS, BJP on Friday amended its constitution enabling the party president, state and district unit chiefs to get a second term, which paves the way for Nitin Gadkari to seek another term for the top post after he completes his present tenure in December.

Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh moved the resolution to amend Article 21 of the party constitution and the proposal was seconded by M. Venkaiah Naidu. The National Council approved the resolution unanimously.

The amendment, which was passed by the BJP National Executive in Mumbai in May, states that any eligible active member can hold the post of president for three years for two terms.

This clears all hurdles for Mr. Gadkari to get a second term later this year. The BJP President, who was propped up by RSS after the party’s dismal performance and second consecutive Lok Sabha defeat in 2009, has arguably improved the party’s prospects and style of functioning.

Sources said RSS wanted Mr. Gadkari to continue for another three-year term as it felt the work of overhauling the BJP begun by him is not yet complete.

Mr. Naidu clarified during the passing of the amendment that this is an “enabling provision” and the incumbent does not “automatically” get a second term. Though this caused a minor flutter, he made the clarification to make it clear to the state unit and district unit chiefs that they should not carry the impression that they are getting another term.

“If the voters of the constituency of that unit of the mandal or district or state or central committee feel there is reason to give another term, they can re-elect the person. This is only an enabling provision,” Mr. Naidu said.

This amendment has ostensibly been made to give Mr. Gadkari another term.

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BJP has become a laughing stock in Indian politics and in its policies. It could have been a very able adversary to congress and its cohorts, but chose not to do so. Instead, it is spiraling downward to oppose every good policies that comes in India once in a while. I am referring to India opening further to let the retails in and I just could not believe that BJP is opposed to it! As a matter of fact BJP under Sri Atalji was force to be reckoned with bold policies that included opening up India to foreign investments. I am convinced that the present day BJP led by inept, incompetent and other dead wood leaders have nothing meaningful to offer. All they can offer is to amend their party policies just to give this joker another term! What BJP needs is a dynamic and bold visionary leader who could make things happen for India. With present leadership, they are as a unit going nowhere and anytime soon. Just playing a second fiddle in a disruptive manner, I suppose.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012 at 16:12 IST

sad, BJP could not find a better and a clean man than Nitin Gadkari,
with people like Gadkari in BJP , there is no difference between BJP
and Congress, both are equally corrupt and incompetent .

from:  Manish Chowdhary
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012 at 15:56 IST

This is good news because Gadkari has good vision toward
development.also Pune-Mumbai expressway a good example that he made when
he was a minister in Maharashtra.

from:  Santosh Kale
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012 at 15:14 IST

Despite the best efforts of Advani, Vajpeyi, Jaitley and others, the
BJP remains a weak party, largely dependent on the RSS for numbers and
organization, bereft of a permanent voter base and in general is
almost perpetually in crisis mode these days.
The Congress too is losing ground but it still has the vestige of a
disciplined party, with the President commanding most ordinary and
extraordinary powers. The BJP is a motley of local strongmen and a
confused and worryingly "diverse" national leadership, often with
clashing ideas and no central check. For example we can see the
looming crisis in Karnataka and the worries in Gujarat, where all it
took was one irritated leader and now the important Patel voter base
seems a divided lot.
It will take a lot tougher and charismatic man than either Rajnath
Singh OR Gadkari to transform the BJP into a winner rather than a
grabber, which is what it is now.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012 at 15:10 IST

What does this mean for the forthcoming election. With so many burning issues for the common man, where are the policy-details to convince voters that BJP can govern India better, if they win election. Once again BJP has missed another opportunity to guarantee voters that they can offer a corruption free government. Don't know what is the core issue but BJP is increasingly looking like another Congress party - more interested in power and money than making India as Rama Rajya

from:  hari
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012 at 14:35 IST
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