Modi's elevation beginning of BJP's degeneration: Cong

Modi's elevation beginning of BJP's degeneration: Cong

Congress today said the elevation of Narendra Modi as BJP's election campaign committee chief is the beginning of its "complete degeneration" and described L K Advani's resignation from key party posts as one of the "repercussions".

Holding that Modi was made the campaign committee chief of BJP in a very "unusual" manner, party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, "This is the beginning of the complete degeneration of the BJP. It will have its own repercussions."

To a specific question about the fall out of Advani's resignation, Dwivedi said, "We have nothing to say on this. This is between the BJP and the person concerned to think and decide.

We had already said that this (Modi's elevation) will have many repercussions."
He said Modi's elevation was "not a big event" for the Congress and dismissed suggestions that it would have any change of strategy for the next Lok Sabha elections, which are less than a year away. "Congress has kept following a certain path and will continue to do so," Dwivedi said.

The Congress also sought to drive a wedge in the NDA with Dwivedi remarking that it was for constituents to decide their course of action after Modis's elevation.

A Congress leader speaking separately said that BJP's "destruction has begun".
Congress general secretary Digivijay Singh recalled that Advani was a man who took the tally of BJP from two in 1984 to 182.

"If this person has demanded some more time and asked to wait for a while, or demanded setting up of two committees including one headed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, what was the problem in waiting for a while.

"What was the hurry. After all they were not going to miss a plane," he said.
A day after Modi's anointment, Advani today submitted his resignation letter to BJP President Rajnath Singh.

Taking potshots at the BJP over the manner in which Modi was elevated, Dwivedi said the BJP President was garlanding him in a way as if an outgoing President welcomes a "new President".

"This is unusual in our political system.Please remember. Such situations, such incidents are premonitions of the things to come," he said.

Downplaying Modi's anointment, he said that it was merely an incident of someone having been appointed the Chairman of one committee of his own party that happens to be the party's election campaign committee.

Advani had skipped the three-day deliberations of the party in Goa over the weekend citing health reasons. This was the first time Advani had stayed away from the National Executive and the office bearers' meeting prior to it.

In Chandigarh, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Advani's resignation shows that all is not well in BJP.

"This shows that all is not well within BJP," Hooda told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

When asked to comment further, Hooda said it is the internal matter of the party.