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Mr. Advani’s Prospects!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Mature politicians anticipate the possible need to take the last extreme step before taking a drastic first step. One presumes that Mr. LK Advani did that before skipping the Goa conclave of BJP. The final logical step for him is to split the BJP. One hopes he stays the course to do it. A split in the party will be good for national politics and good for all members of the BJP from both major factions.
For too long we have had a non-performing government and a spurious opposition that functioned like the B-team of the Congress. A split in the BJP was long overdue. It has arisen not from merely the clash of personal ambitions but from a basic contradiction in the party organization.
The BJP continues to be influenced through remote control by the RSS which orders the party’s cadres. This arrangement is as flawed as is one of two power centres that run the Congress. When Mr. Narendra Modi gave an ultimatum to the party to remove Sanjay Joshi before the Mumbai BJP conclave, the RSS surrendered and he had his way. Subsequently he went to Nagpur and made up with the RSS after he realized the danger of alienating its cadres. Presently RSS and Mr. Modi are together.
Mr. Advani tried to play the same game by absenting himself from Goa. It did not work. Mr. Advani for most of his political career was a huge beneficiary of RSS support. Now he is its victim. It is tempting for critics to rubbish him for that and gloat for receiving his just desserts. On the contrary, Mr. Advani should be encouraged to play the catalyst for introducing polarization, realignment and rejuvenation of Indian politics. He might well do that if he has learnt any lesson.
There is enormous ignorance among media commentators about how the Janata government performed and why it split. The government performed much better than both its preceding and successive governments. It split because the party organization failed to unite. The immediate provocation of the problem was incompatibility between an abrasive Raj Narain and the RSS appointed functionary overseeing the Jan Sangh faction in Janata Party, Nanaji Deshmukh. The mindset of the government’s top leaders brought up under a Congress culture failed to empathize with the federal impulse which had inspired the birth of the Janata Party. Dual membership was added reason to sharpen the split. Therefore if now at the fag end of his career Mr. Advani has learnt the cost of allowing RSS to remote-control the BJP it would be good if an attempt were made to end this unhealthy arrangement. Does Mr. Advani have any possibility to achieve that? The potential certainly exists. Only time will tell if he can summon leadership qualities to exploit it
Within the BJP Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Mr. Jaswant Singh, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Miss Uma Bharati, and Mr. Shatrugan Sinha are known sympathizers of Mr. Advani. They may not count for much on the ground but no federal front would spurn the input of their talent. Madhya Pradesh CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was soundly backed by Mr. Advani might also consider new options. All these leaders would know that despite assurances to the contrary their future within the BJP will now most likely always be suspect and diminished. If Mr. Advani can succeed in convincing his followers he could present an attractive addition to the emerging Federal Front. He could act as a catalyst to persuade the proposed Front to function as a proper Federation contesting poll under one election symbol for parliament to offer the nation a genuine and stable new national alternative. The appropriate party constitution of such a Federation that could immensely benefit the regional parties without in any way diluting their respective identities can be produced in a day.
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