There is shock and surprise in the BJP over the omission of some key persons from its newly constituted national executive committee, which was announced on Thursday. The names of veteran leader Subramanyam Swamy, former union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Suresh Prabhu, MP Varun Gandhi and BJP's indefatigable warrior against the corruption of the Udhav Thackeray led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi were missing from the national executive committee.
While Subramanya Swamy is 82 and his Rajya Sabha term would end early next year, Maneka and Prabhu would be close to 70 years by 2024 elections. Suresh Prabhu is not a mass leader who can win votes for the party. So on age count, all the four do not have much political career left in them. But, the BJP is not happy with Swamy, Maneka and Varun, all of whom were critical of the party's leadership.
Swamy has been critical of the party on various issues and has spoken against the party line on several occasion. He had never abided by the party's desiciplinary code. Maneka has landed the party into trouble on several occasions, when she attacked officials and abused party men. She was dropped from the ministry in 2019. She now represents Pilibhit lok sabha constituency. Varun Gandhi has been critical of Modi on several occasions. He has also strongly opposed Modi for criticising Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, who are his great grandfather, grandmother and father respectively. In fact, he has not attended the party working committee for the past five years.
Sources say that Swamy, Maneka and Varun paid for violating party's discipline. Only Somaiya is quite active in party politics. But he is 67 now and would be 70 by 2024 elections. That could explain his omission from the party national executive committee.