Saturday 20 October 2012

BJP’s credibility crisis

Is BJP facing a credibility crisis? It seems so with contradictory statements emanating from different BJP leaders from time to time. It appears there is a lot of pulling and pushing within the party. They being in the opposition is also the main contributing factor. Some are already getting impatient.

A majority of BJP ex-CM have been adopting rebellious attitudes towards the party leadership. The trend started with Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharati. And now, in recent times, this glorious tradition seems to have been meticulously carried forward by Keshubhai Patel, BS Yeddyurappa and Vasundhara Raje. With elections round the corner, the revolt is expected to gain further momentum in weeks to come.

Though Narendra Mody is projected by some BJP leaders as the PM candidate, there are many BJP aspirants. LK Advani has always felt that after Atal Behari Vajpayee, he was the automatic choice as the leader of BJP. He still has an ambition to be PM before fading from politics. Apart from him, there are a few more PM aspirants which could explode to a full blown tug of war if BJP wins the general election.

Some insiders even claim the recent Nitin Gadkari allegations are also part of this sinister plot to put him in place. This only gives credence to the BJP in-fighting and RSS politics. BJP today has many leaders with their own following and ambitions. This may spell disastrous for the party during forth-coming elections unless the party high command pull up their socks in time and bring about some discipline in their cadre. During Atal Behari Vajpayee’s time, he was the strong binding force behind whom the entire party stood for its ideals.

BJP is no longer a party with a difference. Arvind Kejriwal may soon lay claim to this slogan. Even in some BJP ruled states, discontent is simmering. Some even whisper that progressive leaders like Manohar Parikkar – is the right man in the wrong party.

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