BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Hyderabad has triggered several changes. Many eminent politicians from different parties could switch over to the saffron party and the latest development is that Lok Satta Party chief J P Narayan may join the BJP. An IAS officer-turned politician met BJP President Amit Shah, who was in Hyderabad for a day’s visit on Friday. When JP called on Amit Shah, it triggered off speculations that the political reformer was moving towards the saffron party.
The party circles discounted the theory and asserted that JP’s meeting Amit Shah was part of BJP’s campaign to educate intellectuals and other like-minded persons from various fields about the party’s welfare and development programmes through its “Sampark se Samarthan” campaign.
However soon after meeting Amit Shah, JP rushed to the national capital and this added fuel to further ignite speculations about the Lok Satta Party founder President was in talks with BJP leadership to join the party shortly. What is intriguing is that JP, who served as an MLA during the undivided Andhra Pradesh when his party entered the electoral fray and later lost in the parliamentary elections in 2014, had announced on March 23, 2016, that his party Lok Satta Party would take a break and be away from politics.
Thus JP meeting Amit Shah and speculations about his joining BJP shortly has raised many an eyebrow in political circles. It is pertinent to recall here that JP, a former physician who had served as Secretary to then Governor Krishna Kant and also the then Chief Minister late NT Rama Rao, after quitting his lucrative positions had started the Lok Satta movement in 1996 as a non-political body for democratic reforms in India. But much against the wishes of many of his admirers and supporters, he floated the Lok Satta Party on October 2, 2006, with the sole objective of striving for ushering in clean politics and good governance.
Therefore political circles wonder whether JP, by joining BJP, would succeed in bringing in a qualitative change in the working of the saffron party with his democratic reform values. Also, will the Lok Satta Party be shut down once he joined the BJP. These are some tricky questions that are making rounds in political circles. One has to only wait and see!