Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a veteran BJP leader has warned his party of potential disaster if it did not make some urgent changes at the top level. Sanghpriya Gautam, who served as a cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, has written to his party, demanding the elevation of Nitin Gadkari as the Deputy Prime Minister.
Writing further, Gautam also said that Amit Shah be removed from his post as the party chief and replaced with the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. A report by IANS said that Gautam advised Shah to focus more on his role as the Rajya Sabha MP.
He did not stop here. Sanghpriya Gautam was menacing in his tone about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who he felt should return to his role as a temple priest. According to him, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh should be made the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, which has plunged into anarchy under Adityanath.
Gautam acknowledged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the tallest leaders in the country, but he was unlikely to return to power at the Centre. He said that ‘the Modi mantra is unlikely to work again in the forthcoming general elections and the party workers admit this in private and are suffering in silence.’
He said that there was widespread anger against his party in the country and the BJP will fail to return to power if the elections were held in the country today. According to him, the BJP will be routed across the country except a few states.
Some of the questionable decisions taken by the Modi government that Sanghpriya Gautam felt contributed to the anger against the BJP were the changing the name of the Planning Commission and interference in the working of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Reserve Bank of India. Gautam also took his party to task for trying to topple an elected government in Uttarakhand and forming governments at any cost in Goa and Manipur.