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BJP fails to give Modi his campaign panel, yet again

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday once again had to return empty handed from Delhi, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board failing to constitute the election campaign committee.

This was Modi’s third visit to Delhi within a month to attend the parliamentary board meeting, which so far has failed to oblige him with a committee which could take up the poll campaign in the right earnest.   

Instead sources said that the parliamentary board on Thursday decided to set up about eleven sub committees, which will report to BJP president Rajnath Singh.  Gujarat chief minister will also be overseeing the functioning of the various sub committees. Sources say that these sub committees will be headed by general secretaries and other senior leaders of the party.  The various sub committees will be for preparation of the manifesto, publicity literature, advertisement, media management, reaching out to various sections of the society youth, women, professionals, rural and urban voters; campaign through social media; campaign programme of leaders and their travel plans; logistics and rallies, public meetings. The in charges of these committees will be announced on Friday.

However, it is unlikely that leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley will head any of these committees. However, senior leaders will be involved in the overall campaign to these election-bound states. Sources also added said that division of responsibility will not be zone-wise as was reported.  

The parliamentary board, on Thurday deliberated for about two hours over the allocation of responsibilities among party general secretaries and other senior leaders in run up to the general elections next year.  The meeting of the parliamentary board was preceded by a four-hour marathon one-on-one meeting between BJP President Rajnath Singh and Modi on Wednesday evening.
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