By J.P. Sharma
Bhopal, Oct 9
While The Bharatiya Janata Party high command has made up its mind for a change of guard in its Madhya Pradesh unit, replacing Prabhat Jha with a new State Chief, almost a year earlier than the December 2013 Assembly poll, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and few influential RSS leaders are not in a mood to shift Prabhat Jha from his present position.
According to the party insiders here, the Chief minister and the RSS leader Suresh Soni were happy with Prabhat Jha for his organisational skills which he displayed during the mid-form polls in Kukshi and Sonkatch both Congress bastions and which led to the party winning both the seats with huge margin. Similarly, It was Prabhat Jha’s excellent election management which again resulted in winning of the Congress seat in Maheshwar, which had been a traditional Congress party seat for many years.
While the BJP National leaders and think tanks were of the view that longer term of a State President may lead to discontent in the party rank and file which may have a bad effect on the party’s performance in the 2013 Assembly polls. Obviously, the party big-wigs were in no mood to take chances, hence the plan to shift Prabhat Jha.
However, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has a good equation with his party state chief Prabhat Jha, who in return had a good equation with the party’s organising secretary Arvind Menon and senior RSS leader Suresh Soni. It was this equation that recently Suresh Soni visited Bhopal and had a series of close door meetings with senior BJP leaders from the state including Rajendra Shukla, Narottam Mishra, Jayant Mallaiya and Kunwar Vijay Shah. Out of this, two ministers Rajendra Shukla and Narottam Nishra are in the race for the party’s State Presidentship.
Sources close to Jha said that the RSS leader Suresh Soni succeeded in pursuing Narottam Mishra and Rajendra Shukla to remain out of race for the party’s State presidentship and have assured to back Prabhat Jha. Sources said that while Soni was lobbying for this in the state capital, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has open parleys with the National leaders over the issue.