Sunday, July 21, 2019

Amit Shah has mounted an ambitious gameplan to trigger enough defections in Rajya Sabha by year-end

The BJP is focused on Uttar Pradesh since any MP who resigns will automatically be re-elected to the Upper House on a BJP ticket with the help of its large numbers in the state Assembly. Two BSP MPs and two SP MPs have been earmarked as potential targets.  BJP, BJP Amit Shah, BJP Rajya Sabha, Rajya Sabha BJP members, bjp defection, Finance ministry, Finance ministry journalist entry, Vijay Sardesaid, Goa, Goa forwad party, Goa BJP, BJP Goa, B L Santhosh, Kamal Nath, Indian Express
The BJP is focused on Uttar Pradesh since any MP who resigns will automatically be re-elected to the Upper House on a BJP ticket with the help of its large numbers in the state Assembly. (File/ Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)



Written by Coomi Kapoor

According to conventional thinking, the BJP will not have sufficient votes to pass contentious legislation, such as the triple talaq Bill, till next year, when it could gain a majority in the Rajya Sabha with the help of allies and sympathisers.


But Amit Shah has mounted an ambitious gameplan to trigger enough defections in the Upper House by the year-end.



The operation began with four of the six TDP MPs switching to the BJP, followed by the lone INLD MP. Now, Neeraj Shekhar, son of the late prime minister Chandra Shekhar, has resigned from the Samajwadi Party.

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The BJP is focused on Uttar Pradesh since any MP who resigns will automatically be re-elected to the Upper House on a BJP ticket with the help of its large numbers in the state Assembly.

Two BSP MPs and two SP MPs have been earmarked as potential targets. The two PDP MPs, Nazir Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz, are also being wooed. Significantly, neither MP criticised the extension of President’s rule in Kashmir.




 In fact, Ahmed felt that Shah’s visit would bring new light to the Valley. Both probably realise that in the present scenario, any association with the PDP is unproductive.

Coomi Kapoor has been a journalist for the last four decades. Her forte has been political reporting. She has witnessed the shifting power equations in the capital -- from Indira Gandhi’s regime to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. She is presently contributing editor to The Indian Express.-       Indian Express



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