A ‘poster war’ in which BJP MP Varun Gandhi appears to have the lead may overshadow the occasion’s two-day nationwide govt meet, meant to sound the ballot bugle in Uttar Pradesh and spotlight the Centre’s achievement in the final two years.
While the occasion’s official hoarding welcoming delegates to Kayasth Pathsala Maidan in Allahabad carry photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union ministers, chief ministers and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, additionally displayed prominently are Varun Gandhi, Sanjay Joshi and Shatrughan Sinha, who has overtly criticised the management in the previous.
The BJP management appeared eager to downplay the posters, although privately, some leaders feared this might dilute the conclave’s message.
“No one turns into a pacesetter by placing their posters. Leaders who’ve turn into BJP’s chief ministers, be it Devendra Fadnavis, Manohar Lal Khattar or Raghubar Das, weren’t leaders on posters,” BJP basic secretary Arun Singh stated.
Indicating the management’s unhappiness over posters that includes Varun, a senior chief stated, “You can’t have your
face bigger than high leaders. There is a hierarchy and a disciplined occasion member has to maintain that in thoughts.”
Singh, too, cautioned: “One has to be balanced. It has always boomeranged.” According to Singh, the BJP formally sanctioned photos of Modi, Shah, Parliamentary board members, CMs, state presidents and Margdarshak Mandal members for posters.
On the billboards, Varun is seen sharing house with Modi, Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and fellow MP Poonam Mahajan. While there isn’t a demand to mission him because the CM candidate, there are slogans like “Gundagardi na bhrashtachar, abki baar BJP sarkar — Mission 265.”
The management can also be learnt to be sad that Modi’s bete noire Joshi, Sinha and occasion veteran Murli Manohar Joshi have discovered house on posters. A poster with Joshi’s picture even suggests he has been ignored by the BJP management.
Also in city are large banners of Union Minister Smriti Irani and occasion MP Yogi Adityanath, whose names had been doing the rounds as attainable CM candidates.
One basic secretary, when requested in regards to the posters, stated, “It is irrelevant. The BJP has not put up any of them. It could be that their supporters put them up.”
But he admitted that the transfer may “backfire”. “BJP’s CMs or campaign leaders are decided at the parliamentary board meeting,” he stated.