Hyderabad, July 14 (Maxim News): Is Dr.Jaya Prakash Narayan, an IAS Officer-turned politician, who had founded the Lok Satta Party, planning to join BJP?.
Speculations about JP, as he is popularly known in official and political circles, began to gain ground after he met BJP President Amit Shah, who was in Hyderabad for a day’s visit on Friday. The BJP national president as part of the party’s “Sampark se Samarthan” called on prominent persons from various fields to explain about the programmes and schemes being implemented by the NDA Government. Thus he called on Eenadu group Chairman Ch. Ramoji Rao and ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. Thus 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 Parliament 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 eye brow in political circles. It is pertinent to recall here that JP, a former physician who had served as Secretary to then Governor Kirshna 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! (Maxim News).