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How a chain of incidents highlights ‘panic’ in BJP camp ahead of 2019 LS polls

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PATNA: Is the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi fast losing the confidence of not winning majority in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls?

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What has triggered this speculation is latest move by the BJP not to impose age bar for allocation of tickets for the upcoming LS polls.

Earlier the BJP had announced not to give tickets to leaders who have crossed 75 years of age but now in a sudden move, BJP’s top decision-making body—the parliamentary board—has decided there would be no age bar of 75 years for BJP leaders.

The decision will help party veterans like LK Advani (91), Murli Manohar Joshi (84), Kalraj Mishra (77), Bhagt Singh Koshyari (77) and Sumitra Mahajan (75).

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Experts say the idea to relax the age bar is simply aimed at increasing the seat tally by taking helps from party veterans while previously they had been sidelined in the party.

Incidentally, Advani and Joshi, considered three top leaders of BJP after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, did not find a place in BJP’s highest decision-making body, the Parliamentary Board, when Amit Shah took charge as the BJP President. Instead, they were accommodated in party’s new body ‘Marg Darshak Mandal’.

According to political pundits, the development highlights the tough situation the BJP faces on the ground as it tries hard not to create further rift within the organization by denying tickets to party veterans.

Very strangely, in 2016, the BJP had dropped two ministers from the Madhya Pradesh government on the same ground that they have crossed 75 years. The development sparked speculation about an “unstated” age-restriction rule being imposed in the party but suddenly the BJP has relaxed the age limit.

This comes amid the BJP surrendering its sitting seats to the allies in Maharashtra, Bihar and Jharkhand despite claiming very big about its victory in the upcoming LS polls. The panic in the BJP camp is only too obvious.

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