The exclusion of Swamy and Varun as well as that of Birendra Singh, a prominent induction from Congress post-2014, was seen in the context of them being at odds with the party’s stance: both had strayed from the official line to criticise the Centre’s response to protests against the three contentious farm laws.
Bengal has found a significant representation with Nadda bringing Mithun Chakraborty, Bharti Ghosh, Swapan Dasgupta, Anirban Ganguly and Mukutmani Adhikari to figure among members of the body, in what is a clear indication that the party continues to look the state as land of promise despite the setback it suffered in the polls this May.
In keeping with the trajectory where she had earlier made it to the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, women and child development minister Smriti Irani has been brought back in the new national executive, the first one to have been set up by BJP chief J P Nadda. Prominent imports, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Dinesh Trivedi, former Trinamool MP, also figure in the 80-strong committee which, along with the parliamentary board, is considered a key decision- making body.
Swamy had for the past several months been taking pot shots at the government’s decisions, besides attacking the party’s office-bearers.