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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy believes: Mole close to top Congress leader working to topple Gujarat govt

By Our Representative
Is stage being prepared for the ouster of the Anandiben Patel government in Gujarat? It would seem so, if two recent tweets, by senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, where he seeks to identify a scheming mole in touch with a top Congress leader, are any indication. Swamy who has lately gone very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one reason why whatever he says about powerdom acquires significance. He does not, however, identify this person.
The first one, dated February 2, seeks an answer to a question if there is a scheming mole (Swamy calls him “sakuni”) close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser, Ahmed Patel, seeking to tackle her government. The second one, on February 3, refers to a report appearing in a national daily, saying the planted story was part of the effort to topple her government.
Swamy’s tweets acquire significance against the backdrop of a meeting between a senior minister in the Anandiben Patel government, Vijay Rupani – considered her strong political rival ever since he was inducted in the Cabinet in November 2014 – meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on February 3.
Claim top political circles in Gujarat, it is by now a “foregone conclusion” that Anandiben Patel would be given a safe entry when she turns 75 in November 2016. It is well known that Modi has been using the 75 the cut-off age for keeping senior leaders out of the top BJP leadership and the Cabinet.
While the final decision to replace Anandiben Patel will rest with Modi, already, reports say, Modi is “unhappy” with the rumours taking rounds that her daughter Anar and Shwetank (Sanjay) are cropping up as parallel power centres who “interfere in the governance and influence decision making.”
Vijay Rupani with Narendra Modi in Delhi on February 3
The rumours have gone strong, particularly after intensive email and social media campaign by Ahmedabad-based political activist Roshan Shah on how Anandiben Patel uses her influence to help the two extend their business and NGO activities in Gujarat.
While Shwetank a businessman and owns a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)-listed company, into “construction, infrastructure development and management”, Anar is a social entrepreneur running several trusts for the “promotion” of handicrafts, artisans and alleviation of the plight of slum children.
Sources in the chief minister’s office (CMO) are quoted by well-informed informed circles in Gujarat as saying that “that whenever any file comes in, a handwritten message in pencil comes out saying contact Anar or Shwetank.” It quite another thing that, officially, Gujarat government officials deny this.
Sources are quoted as saying that the public perception of the two interfering in Gujarat governance has lately begun to harm the Gujarat government image. Modi reportedly conveyed to Anandiben Patel about this in Delhi on January 25, the day Amit Shah was elected as all-India president of the BJP.
Meanwhile, guesswork is on, on twitter among followers of Subramanian Swamy, as to who the mole or “shakuni” – an extremely intelligent but devious man, often credited as the mastermind behind the Mahabharata war – could be.
Speculations range from Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to Congress leader Digvijay Singh. Gujarat government insiders, however, say, he could be a key man, known to be a Modi confidante, in the CMO.

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