Modi meets Advani after bypoll sweep; Nitish loses in Bihar

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June 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, riding a sweeping victory in the Gujarat byelections, on Wednesday met BJP president Rajnath Singh amid indications that he may be made the head of the party's campaign committee for next Lok Sabha elections at the national executive meet in Goa this weekend.

June 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, riding a sweeping victory in the Gujarat byelections, on Wednesday met BJP president Rajnath Singh amid indications that he may be made the head of the party's campaign committee for next Lok Sabha elections at the national executive meet in Goa this weekend.

BJP's impressive victory wresting the two Lok Sabha and four assembly seats from Congress formed the backdrop for the Singh-Modi meeting.

Modi, who is here to attend the chief ministers' conference on internal security, met Singh and discussed the forthcoming Goa conclave and the issue of formation of the campaign committee.

While there is a clamor among the cadre and vast sections of BJP leaders for making Modi, Gujarat chief minister, the head of the committee, senior party leader LK Advani reportedly has some reservations.

Modi also met Advani who congratulated him over the byelection victory.

The top leadership is said to be mulling over whether two committees — an election management committee for the forthcoming assembly polls in five states and a campaign committee for the Lok Sabha polls- should be formed or a single panel be constituted for both.

'No secular govt possible without Lalu'

Buoyed by the victory in the Maharajganj Lok Sabha bypoll in Bihar, RJD on Wednesday said it was time for Congress to introspect as no secular government without Lalu Prasad will be possible at the Centre after the next polls.

"Countdown has begun for the Nitish Kumar government. It is the defeat of the arrogance of the chief minister. Bihar will play a role at the national level. There will be no secular government at the Centre without Lalu Prasad," party general secretary Vijay Krishna said.

A friend-turned-foe of Nitish Kumar, Krishna told PTI that the RJD victory has exposed that the Bihar chief minister's plank of development was hollow and that his media management has failed to work.

Krishna, who is chief spokesman of RJD, said that this was especially so in view of the fact that in states where bypolls were held, the ruling party has lost only in Bihar.

He said that the role of the Congress in the bypoll was "unfortunate" and the party needed to introspect.

Congress candidate had come a poor third in the bypoll which was won by RJD's Prabhunath Singh with a margin of over 1.37 lakh votes.

In a move to position itself neutrally in Bihar ahead of next Lok Sabha elections, Congress has now been talking of its "Ekla Chalo" (go alone) stand claiming "equidistance" from both JD(U) and Lalu Prasad's RJD.

Party leaders have been saying that Congress is still in "no mood" to ally with any party for the next elections there.

Lalu Prasad's party, which was a constituent in UPA-I is currently supporting UPA-II government from outside. It has four MPs.

In recent months, there has been intense speculation about Kumar quitting NDA to join hands with Congress, which had fought the last Lok Sabha election on its own breaking off ties with RJD.


Courtesy: PTI