New Delhi: With BJP president Rajnath Singh deciding to put the entire rank and file of the party under Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, while deftly elevating himself to the league of stalwarts like Atal Behari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani, the wily saffron leader has proved right those who call him the 'fox'.
Recently, an elaborate party architecture for the 2014 general election was announced, according to which all senior and junior leaders, excluding Vajpayee, Advani and the party president, were assigned jobs and made accountable to Modi, the chief election campaigner.
In one stroke, Singh made the jump to the top of the party hierarchy, leaving all his contemporaries, like Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, and even stalwart M.M. Joshi, much lower on the ladder.
The buzz in political circles is that Singh's all-out praise for Modi, such as calling him the 'most popular leader in the country', is not without design.
"Singh by eulogising Modi is creating a firewall around himself so that other contemporary leaders do not counter his moves so that at an opportune time, his claim for a certain post looks natural," said a senior BJP functionary who has keenly watched the BJP president's rising trajectory in the party from district president to chief minister of UP to his present level.