Mar 01, 2024
Mar 01, 2024
India's General Elections would in normal course be due in the first half of 2009 on completion of the tenure of the present Congress Government. They could be held earlier too in case of the Leftists Parties as the main coalition partner withdraw their support to the Congress Government. This eventuality cannot be ruled out completely as a host of issues divide the coalition.
Lately the other coalition partners of the Congress Government have made noises also that they are not being consulted by the Congress in decision-making on vital issues. This adds to political uncertainties to the political situation in India though one could add that none of them would like to face an early General Election.
The BJP as the main Opposition party buoyed by the string of its electoral victories in States elections and particularly in Gujarat has started positioning itself in an election mode. The BJP has already named Shri L K Advani as it Prime Ministerial candidate.
The BJP, if it seriously wishes to wrest power from the Congress Party and its coalition partners, has to do much to energize itself than just naming a Prime Ministerial candidate. The BJP cannot overlook the fact that till recently the image that it was sending out was one where internal rivalries seemed to be sapping its cohesion and some of the senior leaders were restrained in providing full weight to the party's election campaigns in the various States.
If the BJP wishes to once again project that it is a 'Party With a Difference' then it must get its act together to energize itself and project that it has the dynamism and the vision to lead India in a dynamic manner and that it has in itself the capability to provide India with strong and assertive political leadership. As I wrote in one of my earlier Columns on Shri Narendra Modi's victory in Gujarat that the most important lesson emerging was that the Indian people were now hungry for strong and assertive leadership with an intense spirit of Indian nationalism.
For far too long India's political spectrum had been dominated by politicians who were not leaders but political managers adept at garnering minority vote-banks without any moral fabric to back this brand of politics. As one of India's respected journalist Shri M J Akbar wrote some time back that when the Congress Government starts throwing out sops for the minorities then it could be taken that General Elections were round the corner. India does not seem now to accept political managers to lead India. India now wants that it should be led by dynamic, strong and assertive leaders.
The BJP as part of its 'Energization Drive' for the forthcoming General Elections is recommended to incorporate the following steps:
Much more can be added to the above list of recommendations for the BJP to energize itself but limitations of space and time preclude it.
Coming to the 'Shadow Cabinet' this Columnist would like to suggest the following leaders for the vital portfolios:
' Prime Minister ' Shri L K Advani
' External Affairs ' Shri Jaswant Singh
' Defence ' Shri Arun Jaitley
' Home ' Shri Narendra Modi
' Finance ' Shri Yashwant Sinha
' Commerce ' Shri Arun Shourie
Finally, the most important message for the BJP political leadership that this Columnist would like to leave is that at all costs please avoid the BJP become another 'Congessified' version political party where the Party Leader cannot be questioned on the political direction and policies.
More by : Dr. Subhash Kapila