Debacle in the 2009 lok sabha elections, the resurrection of the Jinnah’s jinn leading to the ouster of the loyalist Jaswant Singh, tussle within the organisation on the issue of leadership and the occasional bashing up by the daddy ‘RSS’ on the question of 'The Right Ideology'….. Bharatiya Janta party is in a mess!
The only ‘hope’ that the BJP’s battered kundali shows is its brand new party president Nitin Gadkari, A man supposed to be on a mission to revive the party. An uphill task as the BJP is going through a challenging phase. BJP realises that the conservative right winged ideology will not reap seats in elections unless they get lucky with events such as Babri Masjid Demolition or Godhra. And talking about events of this nature...they seldom occur naturally, they have to be staged, manipulated and a party needs shrewd strategist to milk it incessantly!
Whenever the party leaders try to fiddle with the ideology, the RSS pulls it strings from the other end. In an era of coalition politics, BJP had to mould its ‘ideals’ in a way in which it goes in tandem with other fringe parties ‘elastic ideology’. Congress has been trying hard to lure the progressive Nitish Kumar’s party into its fold… even the Biju Janta Dal which was seen as a faithful alliance once, ditched it at the peak of election…these are indicators that BJP has to buck up.
Strangely the few initiatives that BJP has taken in this direction are the carbon copy of the Congress's mantras. The first one is initiation of a drive to induct youth in the party and the second one is the most exploited word of the year ‘The austerity drive’.
There is a huge crisis in terms of fresh faces in the right wing camp… all they have in the name of young leaders are the poster boys… Varun Gandhi, Navjot Singh Sidhu. It is high time for BJP to interrupt the tune of the pied piper Rahul Gandhi, who has been attracting the potential young blood in the congress tribe. the question is who will do the job for BJP?
Talking about the so called 'Austerity drive' that the part has adopted in its National Conclave being held at Indore… the drive has led to setting up air conditioned tents consisting of sofas, double beds, dressing tables, personal computers and solar panels for the not so hi-fi leaders of party. The ‘Austere’ leaders have abstained from staying in the five star dwellings for the greater good of the nation and thinking that staying in the ‘humble’ tents would impress the people.
I am sceptical of how far this ‘beggary’ will click with the populace… but ‘Back to Basics’ is not a bad idea in itself. The point is that the route should be an original one!