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Is the dice cast for the end of Gadkari’s days?
By Lalit Sethi
Is the dye cast for Nitin Gadkari? Has his future in public life been sealed: sealed negatively rather than positively? If he has succeeded in sending a ten-day notice to Ram Jethmalani to show cause why he should not be expelled from the party for his unrepentant defiance of the party line after suspending him from the BJP, does Nitin Gadkari face a worse fate than that?

Does he face an ouster from the saffron political outfit sooner or later than December 31 as the New Year revelry covers up a shake-up without causing any upheaval, as the old order “changeth” and a new one takes over or overtakes it? Many leaders around the world have done it. They include Lal Bahadur Shastri as Prime Minister, who asked his iconic Finance Minister from Jawaharlal Nehru’s days to resign on that fateful night to pave the way for a new leader in the second half of South Block in New Delhi.

The possible done deal over a set of exercises to expel 88-year-old veteran lawyer of many epic legal and political battles for six years from the party and his refusal to bend or explain himself, amount to preparation for the ground to chuck the party chief and trash him into the dust heap for refusal to defend himself credibly from widely perceived wrongdoing and wealth gathering exercises? Is his explanation that he is a great do gooder engaged in social welfare convince anyone in the country or within his own party, except that most people are not coming out openly because they are bound by party discipline to seal their lips?

Quite a number of party leaders were and continue to be extremely displeased with the imposition of Nitin Gadkari by the RSS to take over control of the BJP in the face of incredible denials by its bosses about interference in the working of the party. The senior leaders from L.K.Advani downwards and most State leaders, including Narendra Modi of Gujarat, have been forced to air their opinions and expressed not just the incompetence of Mr. Nitin Gadkari, but holding all of them to public ridicule about the lack of civil political discourse from a party claiming to be different from the rest, but in fact, depriving it of the nomenclature of being an entity in the public life of India and exposing it to the belief that it is totally indifferent to people’s interests. Some leaders have been living in shock and awe and not coming out in the open against a small fry with zero image or rather an image of a near clown who nurses the vein ambitions to the nation’s highest offices.s

It is in this light that the Central Parliamentary Board, which was expected to suspend Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha from the party, was unable to take a decision on their outbursts in support of Jethmalani. If the party’s disciplinary wing had done so, perhaps the simmering revolt would have come into the open with more and more leaders declaring their lack of confidence in the party chief and his ridiculous ways of running the show. But could that be kept under the lid for long? The storm is about to break after the lull.

The BJP leaders are hard at work to save the party from breaking up. The threat from B.S.Yeddyurappa to quit the BJP and create his own brand of Karnataka Janata Party looms large and Yeddy is ready to quit; his one-point demand that he must be given the job of Chief Minister back otherwise he will do as he pleases. He is reportedly asking that if the party chief, Nitin Gadkari, could be allowed to keep his millions without a taint, how could be denied that kind of opportunity?

Yeddy sees a lot going for him in the fact that the rebel Congress leader, Jaganmohan Reddy, may be languishing in judicial custody over the mining and media scams in Andhra during his father’s rule, but politically he has been gaining ground with Congress people seeing his clout with money and moving to his camp in the hope that he is one man who could get them elected to the State Assembly or even Lok Sabha as even Telugu Desam appear to be tasting blood as Jagan is a man with promise as of today. So why should Yeddy not stack up support for elements who want Gadkari out of the BJP?

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News Updated at : Monday, December 3, 2012
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