Dehradun: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval’s presence at Uttarakhand BJP state executive committee meeting in Haldwani on Sunday has given rise to speculation in the state about his formal entry into politics before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
While many BJP workers found his presence at the meeting “surprising”, Shaurya Doval (43), director of think tank India Foundation, which works closely with the government on policy issues, said he is not “currently” looking at politics.
The 260 members at Sunday’s executive committee meeting had, among the attendees, Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, party’s Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju, a few state ministers, some BJP MLAs and MPs, party workers, and about 50-60 special invitees, Doval junior among.
Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt said, “I had invited him (Doval) to the meeting as a ‘special invitee to the executive committee’. He is part of an advisory group of eight-nine members. I meet them whenever I am in Delhi and take their advice on various issues in Uttarakhand, especially those related to economy.”
His presence, however, triggered speculation within the local party ranks about Doval junior preparing the ground for electoral politics. His presence in the meeting also holds significance in wake of suggestions that the party’s state unit may have to look for younger faces, as some senior BJP leaders in the state are on the verge of political retirement.
State BJP chief Bhatt neither denied nor accepted the possibility of Doval entering politics. “Hum bhavishya mein inka laabh lenge (We will take benefit of his advice and experience in future),” Bhatt said.