New Delhi: The BJP national executive meet begins in Lucknow on Friday. The Baba Ramdev fast and Sushma Swaraj-Arun Jaitley spat are likely to dominate the session.
The party's top brass will be gathering in Lucknow today as it desperately seeks to settle leadership issues in the post-Vajpayee era.
Preparations for the 2014 general elections will be high on agenda but cracks have been noticed recently with two leaders of Opposition at loggerheads after Sushma Swaraj's recent outburst against Arun Jaitley on political patronage to the Bellary brothers of Karnataka.
Interestingly, the party executive coincides with Baba Ramdev's protest fast that the party is supporting.
"I am missing Atal Behari Vajpayee in Lucknow," said LK Advani, senior BJP leader.
After losing power at the Centre seven years back, BJP National Executive returns to Atal Behari Vajpayee's own Lucknow to do some soul searching as it desperately seeks to settle leadership issues in the post-Vajpayee era.
The issues which are now being contested and fought in the open with none other than the two leaders of Opposition at loggerheads after Sushma Swaraj's recent outburst against Arun jaitley on political patronage to the Bellary brothers of Karnataka.
In a way the battle to lead the party in the 2014 general elections has begun and its shadow on the national executive at Lucknow looms large.
The principal Opposition party in the last seven years has not been able to settle its leadership issues and it has as much a debilitating effect on democracy as a bad government, for it fails to provide a viable alternative to the electorate.
The BJP in its political resolution to be adopted during the two-day meet is likely launch a scathing attack on the UPA for failing to curb corruption.
Interestingly, the party executive coincides with Baba Ramdev's protest fast on corruption beginning on Saturday.
The BJP is also being accused of supporting the yoga guru - through some RSS affiliates - hoping to reap dividends in north India in the assembly elections as the baba has a well-oiled network and following in these areas.
"Black money should be given to the poor people. We are with Ramdev in this fight," said BJP President Nitin Gadkari.
But the biggest test for the party remains the Uttar Pradesh elections slated for next year. BJP's strength in Uttar Pradesh has been reduced to a sixth of the nearly five dozen Lok Sabha seats it won in the post-Babri period.
Like the congress party, the BJP also knows that the road to revival and Delhi goes through lucknow and Assembly elections of 2012 will in many ways determine the course of national politics in the run up to the 2014 general elections.