New Delhi, May 24: In what can be seen as a master stroke, BJP National General Secretary Sanjay Joshi has resigned ahead of BJP’s national executive meet in Mumbai, paving the way for Gujarat CM Narendra Modi to play a much larger role in party affairs.
Joshi was understood to be a vocal critic of Modi and was one of the primary reason for the CM deciding not to attend the national executive meet. Joshi was also very close of BJP President Nitin Gadkari. Joshi stated that he did not want dissent in the party and that is the reason he was calling it quits.
In a bid to iron out differences within the party, Joshi’s resignation comes at the most opportune time and is likely to pave the way for Modi to attend the national executive meet. Sources have claimed that Modi will attend Day 2 of the meeting, on Friday.
Joshi was the person responsible for the BJP’s campaign in the Uttar Pradesh elections after Modi expressed his differences over some of the decisions taken by Gadkari and his supporters, including Joshi. Modi had chosen not to attend any of the party’s functions over this very fact and even refused to campaign for the party in UP. According to sources within the party, Gadkari and Modi have not been in talking terms since the last couple of months. Joshi’s resignation is also seen as the price Gadkari had to pay for Modi to attend the national executive.
Joshi had earlier quit the party post after a purported sex CD was exposed in 2005. But it was on Gadkari’s backing that Joshi was reinstated and given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh election campaign. This decision had led Modi to skip the previous BJP national executive meeting in Delhi as well.