BJP chief Raj Nath Singh has inducted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi into BJP’s Parliamentary Board, apparently setting the stage for a bigger national role for him.

The list released by Singh today shows he had set up a 74-member new team with controversial leader and former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, facing murder charges in two fake encounter cases, along with Pilibhit Member of Parliament Varun Gandhi as General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member Smriti Irani as vice president.

Modi,62,was the sole BJP leader to be inducted into the 12-member Board, filling a lone vacancy, giving no place to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in a race in which Modi appeared to have had the advantage after his hat-trick in Gujarat.

Modi’s induction was understood to be the result of a growing clamour within the party for giving him a prominent role outside Gujarat after his third consecutive victory in the Assembly polls recently.



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