New Delhi: Detailed planning, top-level secrecy and solid execution by a dedicated team ensured that the repeal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, which once seemed an impossible task, was achieved smoothly by the Union government in Parliament.
The legislation and its intent were conceived well in advance by the top two at Centre – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The task, after getting all the technicalities in place after days of consultations, was to see if there was enough ground to achieve the impossible.
The floor management for the RTI Bill laid the foundation firmly for the government. Not only was the Opposition stunned by the government’s numbers, but was also left questioning who it could trust even within. Parties such as the BJD and TRS, who signed notes to be in the Opposition fold, joined hands with the BJP overnight.
Floor managers who went beyond the parliamentary affairs team were on the job. Shah’s trusted colleagues, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and the recent addition from TDP, CM Ramesh, worked the phone lines. Calls made to BJD chief Naveen Patnaik, YSR chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao made the move a possible success.