Nov 29, 2023
Nov 29, 2023
The General Elections 2009 have ushered in the Congress Government with a convincing margin. The Indian electorate does not inflict 'victory' or 'defeat' on political parties and hence election results should not be seen in that light. The Indian electorate through the General Elections exercises its political preference for a political party which it feels is best suited at a given time to provide the type of governance the mood in the country is looking for. Obviously, the BJP failed to capture the imagination of the Indian electorate. There was no political wave in favor of any political party in the run-up to the General Elections and yet the Indian electorate gave a convincing lead to the Congress Party. The BJP as the major Opposition Party therefore needs serious introspection. It also needs some brutally honest 'Plainspeaking' from those like this Columnist who have been observing it and commenting all along.
The BJP had these results coming to it as my observations for over a year through this Column were pointing out. I would like to begin with the latest Column first and then go down the line.
Before one begins to do a bit of plainspeak, it needs to be said that the BJP failed to energize itself organizationally for the General Elections. The sole responsibility should have been that of the BJP President and he signally failed in that responsibility.
Moving to some major flaws noticed, the following needs to be highlighted:
Having said what was noticeably wrong one would now like to make some recommendations:
In short, the BJP needs to reinvent itself in the mould and image of what the overwhelming young generation of modern India desires for after all it is their electoral preferences that would count in the next General Election again.
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