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BJP at Political Crossroads
|by Dr. Subhash Kapila|
India’s main Opposition Party, the BJP stands precariously poised at political crossroads. Contextually, BJP’s senior generation leaders should gracefully retire from active politics. More importantly, the BJP should dispense with its coalition with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his JD (U). Both these steps will remove the heavy political millstones around BJP’s neck and free the BJP new generation like Gujarat Chief Minister Modi to galvanize BJP into a dynamic political fighting outfit.
The people of India are yearning for a dynamic Prime Minister in the genre of Narendra Modi. Advani, Joshi and others of that BJP generation do not generate Indian public’s enthusiasm. A combination of Modi and Arun Jaitley should now be the public faces of the BJP for the 2014 General Elections.
The run-up to 2014 General Elections is going to be bitter and viciously contested with the ruling Congress Party expected to spare no stones unturned to ensure its victory by hook or crook. To counter a vicious campaign the BJP needs Modi to spearhead and strategize the BJP’s election campaign. This irrespective of whether Modi wins the Gujarat Assembly Elections or not. To Modi’s detractors both within BJP and outside the simple question that needs to be answered is as to how many elections did PM Manmohan Singh win?
Coming to BJP’s political coalition with the JD(U) Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav combine the less said the better. It is an uneasy coalition with both Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav acquiring larger than life political roles much above their political weight.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has a serious political clash of interests with Gujarat Chief Minister Modi as Nitish Kumar has nursed ambitions to be the Prime Minister of India; This by default as a political compromise candidate of the NDA against BJPs Modi.
Nitish Kumar has shown publicly his political disdain for Modi to safeguard his Muslim vote-banks. He is more of a natural ally of the Congress than a natural ally of the BJP.
Should even a Third Front be cobbled up in the event of a fractious mandate in 2014, it will not last long and the BJP led by Modi and minus the JD(U) should then step into the political vacuum.
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