Sanjay Joshi is a BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party) leader and volunteer (pracharak) in the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). For a long time Joshi was known as a king maker and powerful leader in BJP.Sanjay Joshi resigned from the party on 8 June 2012 after the Narendra Modi controversy .

Sanjay Joshi is from Maharashtra.In 1990, he wanted to contest elections from Nagpur but the party didn’t give him a ticket. So, he opted for Gujarat. Sanjay Joshi holds degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a bachelor and lives a very simple life.He was a lecturer in an engineering college but he left his job to join RSS. He is a man who travels sleeper-class, lives a simple life and is never seen splurging. He started his career in BJP from 1988. From 1988 to 1995 he worked closely with his current rival Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi Controversy

Joshi and Modi has a very old tussle. From 1995 to till date they both are opposing each other.In 1998 when BJP won the Gujrat elections Keshubhai Patel was appointed as chief minister. Joshi played a major role in making him a chief minister.Narendra Modi wanted to be the chief minister.Unsatisfied Modi was sent to Delhi and Gujrat BJP was under control of Sanjay Joshi. In 2001, in the wake of the massive earthquake that devastated large parts of Gujarat and much criticism of Keshubhai Patel’s handling of the quake aftermath, Narendra Modi got his chance. He was sent to Gandhinagar as Gujarat Chief Minister.This time it was Mr Joshi who had to make his way to Delhi. After 2001 Modi became increasingly powerful in the party and his loyalists prevailed in keeping Joshi out.

In 2005, Joshi was highlighted in a controversial sex CD, which led to his being removed from all posts in the BJP. However, later it was found that the CD had been doctored Nonetheless, Joshi was not reinstated for six years, primarily due to opposition from the Gujarat faction. However, in 2011, party president Nitin Gadkari re-appointed Joshi the coordinator for BJP in the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly election, 2012, and appointed him to the national executive. This makes Modi unhappy. Since then he is opposing Joshi.

It was when Modi refused to attend yet another BJP national executive meet in May this year, that Mr Joshi was made to resign from the national executive. He did so hours before the meeting started and Mr Modi agreed to attend.On on 8 June 2012 Joshi resigned from the party.