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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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JP Nadda: The Man Of The Moment For The BJP

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-01-22 08:05:07

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Although JP Nadda has been elected unopposed as the new president of the BJP, only time will tell if he will really wield the power as the party chief or if he has been elevated just to show the world that the party adheres to the one-man, one-post rule and will not make an exception even for Amit Shah. There is no doubt that Shah had really made the party a fighting unit with presence all over India and he will not want the position to deteriorate or change, especially as the party faces multiple challenges in seeking to push its controversial agenda aggressively in its second term.

Even as the economy is in doldrums and the BJP has been losing in state elections and facing the heat from its allies, the country has seen massive protests over the NRC/NPR/CAA issues. Since NRC and CAA have been part of the party manifesto for a long time and both Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah show no signs of backing off, Nadda has the unenviable task of steering the party at a time when its stock is on a downward spiral.

As the BJP was losing in state elections, its allies were having second thoughts on continuing with electoral alliances. The NRC/CAA fiasco has added to their fears. JD(U) in Bihar and the Akali Dal in Punjab are showing signs of going their own way. The Shiv Sena has already allied with the NCP and the Congress in Maharashtra. Nadda will have to assuage the feelings of current allies and strike new alliances if the BJP is to win in the states. The party is realizing fast that Narendra Modi's charisma is not enough to tide over local issues and caste calculations.

If things go out of hand from now on, the party will face a strong push from the RSS. Nadda's elevation will come in handy then. For, Nadda is an RSS man. He is trusted by those who matter in Nagpur. It is to the benefit of the party that he is equally trusted by both Modi and Shah. On paper, the BJP has got an ideal candidate to helm it at this crucial juncture. It remains to be seen whether he will be given a free hand or will be remote-controlled by Shah.