Former Union Minister and MP from Bihar Rajiv Pratap Rudy has been appointed as the national spokesperson of Bhartiya Janata Party. He has expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.
After getting elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Saran seat of Bihar, he became the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Modi’s cabinet but in 2017 after cabinet re-shuffle, he had to resign from the ministry as per party’s decision. He was also sidelined by the party. According to him, he gave his best but his boss wasn’t satisfied with his performance, hence he was removed.
Since last month, in BJP’s Bihar circle there were talk and effort to replace Rajiv Rudy with Janardan Singh for Saran Lok Sabha seat. Janardan Singh currently is the sitting MP from Maharajganj parliamentary seat. It is worth pondering that in last one and a half year, Rudy was sidelined from party affairs.
Observing this, a couple of weeks back, Rudy met JDU VP Prashant Kishor, this created suspense in form of Rudy’s candidature for upcoming polls. It was rumoured that Rudy will contest on a JDU ticket and not BJP.
As Kishor is known for experiments to increase the reach of JDU, this would have added a twist in the tale of NDA’s future. Swing of Rudy towards JDU would have been a big blow to the saffron party in Bihar at a time when NDA allies are in no mood to bargain anything less. But timely reward to Rajiv Pratap Rudy with the responsibility of national spokesperson is nothing but a timely damage control by leadership.