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By Amulya Ganguli/IANS When LK Advani was dragged kicking and screaming from the post of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president in 2005 under orders from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Delhi to Washington stated that the event demonstrated the power of the RSS ... and will likely increase the party's (the BJP's) political decline. According to Wikileaks, the cable also noted that Advani was shocked by the failure of the second tier of the BJP leadership comprising, among others Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj, to come to his aid. While leaving the president's post, Advani called for changing the impression that has gained ground that no political or organizational decision can be taken (by the BJP) without the consent of the RSS functionaries. Nearly a decade later, Narendra Modi can be said to have changed the impression by making the party choose its own man, Amit Shah, for the president's post without the concurrence of the RSS. The latest turn of events, which appears to have ended the continued dominance of the RSS over the BJP (to quote Wikileaks again), cannot but cause a flutter among the Nagpur patriarchs who had become used to selecting the BJP president in recent years. After choosing Rajnath Singh to replace Advani, they asked Nitin Gadkari to take Rajnath Singh's place in 2009. But four years later, the RSS had to appoint Rajnath Singh again as president in view of the allegations of sleaze against Gadkari. Now, it is clear that the RSS had little or no say in Shah's appointment. To stretch a point, it can also be said that neither did the BJP, notwithstanding the party's formal association with the selection, since it has been clear ever since Shah was credited with party's excellent showing in Uttar Pradesh in the parliamentary elections that he will be anointed for the post with Modi's blessings.

By <strong>Amulya Ganguli/IANS</strong> When LK Advani was dragged kicking and screaming from the post of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president in 2005 under orders from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Delhi to Washington stated that the event demonstrated the power of the RSS ... and will likely increase the party\'s (the BJP\'s) political decline. According to Wikileaks, the cable also noted that Advani was shocked by the failure of the second tier of the BJP leadership comprising, among others Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj, to come to his aid. While leaving the president\'s post, Advani called for changing the impression that has gained ground that no political or organizational decision can be taken (by the BJP) without the consent of the RSS functionaries. Nearly a decade later, Narendra Modi can be said to have changed the impression by making the party choose its own man, Amit Shah, for the president\'s post without the concurrence of the RSS. The latest turn of events, which appears to have ended the continued dominance of the RSS over the BJP (to quote Wikileaks again), cannot but cause a flutter among the Nagpur patriarchs who had become used to selecting the BJP president in recent years. After choosing Rajnath Singh to replace Advani, they asked Nitin Gadkari to take Rajnath Singh\'s place in 2009. But four years later, the RSS had to appoint Rajnath Singh again as president in view of the allegations of sleaze against Gadkari. Now, it is clear that the RSS had little or no say in Shah\'s appointment. To stretch a point, it can also be said that neither did the BJP, notwithstanding the party\'s formal association with the selection, since it has been clear ever since Shah was credited with party\'s excellent showing in Uttar Pradesh in the parliamentary elections that he will be anointed for the post with Modi\'s blessings. [caption id=attachment_1614179 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery