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BJP national executive expands but exclusion of outspoken leaders shows no space for dissent

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BJP’s reconstituted national executive conveys its expansion agenda in new territories. Induction of new faces with ideologically diverse backgrounds makes the key decision-making body more representative. But exclusion of outspoken leaders shows intolerance to dissent. BJP high command’s aversion to constructive criticism renders NE’s reconstitution an exercise in window dressing.

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