BJP state unit president Vijay Goel on Tuesday foiled an attempt by party men to pass a resolution congratulating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his elevation as the party’s poll campaign chief.
The motion came up at the first meeting of the newly constituted state executive committee held here on Tuesday.
BJP’s former national president Murli Manohar Joshi, general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, national general secretary Ananth Kumar, national headquarter in-charge and former MP O P Kohli and Haryana state in-charge Jagdish Mukhi attended the state executive committee meeting.
When the resolution was moved in the state executive, Goel reasoned that the national executive had already passed a resolution to this effect and hence there was no need to pass such a resolution at the state executive, sources said.
Party sources told Express that senior leaders present on the occasion chose to remain silent on the resolution. “Senior leaders neither voiced support nor opposed the motion,” a party source maintained.
Some party workers present at the executive committee meeting pointed out that the party’s Odisha state executive had already passed a motion congratulating Modi on his elevation.
The state executive, however, passed a political resolution slamming the Congress government in the state for its complete failure on all fronts, and demanded full statehood for Delhi.
Addressing the meeting, Joshi said the party must focus on the marginalised sections of the society while preparing for polls in the state, which is ready for a change after 14 years of Congress misrule. “A victory in the Assembly polls would help the party to form a government at the Centre,” he stressed.
When asked if he had extended an invitation to Modi, who was here on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the planning commission, Goel said Modi visits the national capital on many occasions and it was not necessary for the state unit to invite him each time.