New Delhi :
On Thursday, Bhartiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah will begin his second term as party president following his election on Sunday.
The BJP parliamentary board including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all other members of the party’s highest decision-making body are expected to welcome the BJP Chief.
On Sunday, Modi was not present due to his officials engagements while Veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi chose to give the exercise a miss after which Shah met both of them subsequently.
But Shah is expected to face several hurdles on account of the formidable expectations he is supposed to match in his new term. Let us take a look at some of them:
Upcoming elections in 2016: Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry will go to the polls in 2016 and Amit Shah as immense burden of winning them especially after back to back debacle in Bihar and Delhi.
His return in 2019: Both Uttar Pradesh and Punjab will go to polls in 2017 and Amit Shah will have the herculean task of winning the 2016 polls to be called the leader again. Next year, the BJP president will also have to pull out all stops to win Uttarakhand and retain Goa – two states where the Congress remains the party’s main rival.
Ambition plans and indiscipline: Over the next three years, Shah will have to ensure that his big plans see the light of day and have to deal with motormouths with an iron fist. The BJP had to face flak and also pay a heavy electoral price for controversial statements made by the likes of Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj.
Pleasing veterans: LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi – openly revolted against Shah after the BJP’s poor show in Bihar. So will he be able to please the veterans this time is a watachable task.
Social-engineering: Under his leadership, BJP is trying to shed its image of a Baniya-Brahmin party and reach out to leaders from marginalised sections of the society by giving them tickets to the Lok Sabha as well as assembly elections. But not much results have been achieved. The controversy surrounding a Dalit student’s suicide in Hyderabad has further dealt a blow to the BJP’s efforts at social expansion.
Amit Shah has once again got 3 years to prove his calibre, but this time he will be allowed little time to rest on past laurels. What’s more, his current tenure will roll into 2019 – the year India faces yet another general election for the Lok Sabha.