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Implications of Modi-Gadkari Pact
It could become BJP vs. NDA!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
There is turmoil in the BJP. Let us see why. Let us see where it will lead to.
Consider the present.
Gadkari with the blessing of the RSS obliged. Sanjay Joshi resigned from his post in order to maintain party unity. Modi attended the executive meeting. Following that Karnataka’s BS Yeddyurappa, at odds with Advani, also agreed to attend the executive. The executive meeting in Mumbai was held with great fanfare to hail Modi’s attendance. To rub salt on Advani’s wound Yeddyurappa said that Modi should be the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. In this entire unsavoury episode the only leader to emerge with some dignity was Sanjay Joshi who resigned for the sake of the party by obeying the RSS.
Now consider the future.
If Modi can bully the RSS so can Advani. To find the soft spot for hitting Modi and Gadkari was easy and obvious. Inviting Mamata Banerjee was the give away. Mamata cannot alienate the minority vote. She would join only if Modi was marginalized or even eliminated. The same holds true for other NDA leaders like Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav. One wonders if the RSS had calculated that. Projecting Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate and the main vote getter implies that the BJP would be prepared to go it alone and strive for a single party majority. Advani and his supporters would rule out that option and stick with the NDA as the future alternative. Thanks to the RSS the BJP has sharpened a split personality. How will the party swing? Will it remain united or split?
This trouble arose because of a basic flaw in the RSS. It favoured unity above discipline. Surely open blackmail by a chief minister to compel the dismissal of a loyal party functionary by the party president does not indicate commitment to any kind of discipline. At what cost has temporary unity been achieved? The days ahead will reveal that. The honourable and principled course for the BJP for long term gain was to maintain discipline regardless of threats held by Modi. If Modi had split BJP its remainder would have retained credibility to bounce back. Perhaps the RSS sacrificed Joshi for temporary reprieve to confront Modi at a later more suitable time. Such compromise and rationalization never delivers good results.
In fact the Sangh Parivar’s commitment to discipline is a myth. It has always described blind obedience as discipline and refused to confront the indiscipline of its top leaders.
In the last two decades nothing much has changed. Except that earlier LK Advani was the wrongdoer. Today he is the victim.
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