Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh join BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal? Here’s the truth

Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Margadarshak Mandal.Pr

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Updated13 Jun 2024, 05:19 PM IST
L to R: Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi
L to R: Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi(HT_PRINT)

Several social media users, including the official X handle of Kerala Congress on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defence Minister Minister Rajnath Singh have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Margadarshak Mandal.

The Kerala Congress also shared a screenshot of the BJP's website which carried the names and photos of both Modi and Singh along with the BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the Margadarshak Mandal.

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However, according to 2014 press release on the party website, the then party president Amit Shah had named the four leaders - Modi, Singh, Advani and Joshi along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee – in the Margadarshak Mandal.

However, Vajpayee passed away in August 2018.

In a post on X, Kerala Congress took a swipe and asked if it is an indication that the floor test is going to fail, adding, “is this a dry run of the page post the disaster?”

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Meanwhile, Modi and Singh are also in the BJP Parliamentary Board along with JP Nadda, Amit Shah, B S Yediyurappa, Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr K Laxman, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Sudha Yadav and Dr Satyanarayana.

Last week, Narendra Modi was sworn-in as Prime Minister for a record-equalling third term, along with 71 others as Union Ministers.

Whereas, Rajnath Singh took charge as Defence Minister for the second time in a row.

On June 1, 2019, Singh, a Member of Parliament from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, had taken up the responsibility to head the Ministry of Defence for the first time.

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Poll results 'reality check': RSS linked magazine

An article in the latest issue of "Organiser" magazine linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said that the Lok Sabha poll results have come as a reality check for "overconfident" BJP workers and many of its leaders as they were happy in their "bubble" and enjoying the glow of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aura but not listening to the voices on the streets.

In the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the NDA secured the mandate with 293 seats. The INDIA bloc got 234 seats, while the Congress bagged 99 seats.

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First Published:13 Jun 2024, 05:19 PM IST
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