The new president, Amit shah has announced his “new, young” team on Saturday which he claimed consisting of people below 50 years of age.
But one of the youngest faces in the Party, Varun Gandhi, was excluded from the list. He has been dropped as BJP’s General Secretary and has not been given any alternate post yet. It was couple of weeks ago the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, in one of her public meetings projected her son Varun Gandhi as the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. BJP excused itself saying that according to its rule, only one member of a family would hold a post in the party or the government it leads at the Centre. But the latest move has surprised one and all and has prompted people to think that there is more to the story.
Varun Gandhi has crossed the Party lines more than once. His exclusion and why he failed to make it, is currently the talk of the town. Narendra Modi in his electoral campaigns of 2014 Lok Sabha Elections made many announcements about ending the dynastic rule in Indian politics by wiping off the Gandhi family off the political scene. Modi’s aversion towards the Gandhi-Nehru family could be one of the reasons behind Varun Gandhi’s exclusion. Maneka Gandhi’s presenting her son as the next UP Chief Minister has not been digested well by Modi and his team. Questions are also being raised about whether the new move is to position Gandhi to a more responsible post. Modi’s close aide, Amit Shah, whom he called the “man of the match”, has to take the right steps to guide the Party to a decent position for this time the youth population in the country had voted in union not only for a new government but also for a much needed change.
Shah's appointment as the new President reflects BJP's urge to consolidate its electoral gains further and expand its national footprint. Shah will be facing a dilemma in the coming days and one has to see whether his much praised “organisational skills” would do any magic.