Fuels speculation about emerging political equations

MODI MEETS RAJNATH

ANIL ANAND

New Delhi, Jan 27: In a first major step to extend his reach to Delhi in preparation for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi descended in the capital city on Sunday for a one-on-one meeting with the newly elected BJP chief Rajnath Singh.
The meeting which lasted for nearly two hours is a departure from Modi’s earlier touch and go visits here.
The meeting between the two BJP leaders, who did not have a much too cordially relations in the recent past,  holds significance as it is being seen by political observers here as  not only path breaking but the one which could set the course for future turn of events in the saffron party.
The fact that the two leaders have met under changed circumstances where both have an eye on their future political careers, also is an indication of new political equations germinating within the party.
The two leaders are learnt to have discussed the entire gamut of issues related to the BJP particularly with an eye on the future electoral battles.
The meeting has sent strong signals to the party rank and file that they mean business and were ready to bury the past to ensure that nothing impedes in the pursuance of their respective agenda.
The high profile Modi specially flying to Delhi to felicitate the new BJP chief is also departure from the isolated approach he had adopted over the years by keeping everyone including the RSS at a safe distance. Ostensibly, it has dawned on him that moving to Delhi without the active assistance of the BJP leadership and the RSS top brass will not be possible.
“He had congratulated me on the phone the day I was elected as the BJP president. Today, he came to meet me. We spoke about Gujarat; we also spoke about 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” Singh said.
Similar views were echoed by Modi as well."We discussed at length about how the BJP can serve Gujarat under his leadership and how we can improve as a party. Yes, we also discussed 2014 at length as well,” Modi said after the meeting.
This is the first meeting between Modi and Singh, who took charge as BJP President four days back following dramatic last minute twist which saw Nitin Gadkari, who appeared set for a second term in office, being forced out of the race in the wake of allegations of dubious transactions of his Purti group.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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