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Advani and Co. must make way for Modi at the earliest
The recent opinion poll has given number one slot to Narendra Modi for becoming the prime minister. The poll also says that if BJP fights 2014 general elections with the name of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate, its share of seats will double.

Even a fifth class student will say that it is true but not so with the ambitions of the PANCH PIYRE of the BJP, namely LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and finally Narendra Modi.

Agreed that Advaniji has brought the BJP to what it is today, and Sushma Swaraj is a good orator and leader. But then age is against Advani. He is above 80 and India with 80 crore youth is the youngest country in the world, so there is a mismatch. Today, the youth of India wants a decisive leader who can take quick decisions. Not only must he be energetic, he should also get identified with the youth. Today’s youth do not want Taujis and pitajis as their leaders nor do they want to be sermonised. They desire the leader to set the examples which they can follow. Had Advani been younger he would have fitted the bill ideally but not now.

As for Arun Jaitley, he is a lawyer par excellence and a very sharp brain and a very good parliamentarian. When he speaks in Parliament, people are forced to listen. Nevertheless, he has not proven his leadership capabilities in the hustle and bustle of the on ground politics of India. He must first become chief minister and cut his teeth in day to day governance, leave his mark there before thinking of being PM. Same goes for Sushma Swaraj. She also must prove her mettle.

As for Rajnath Singh, he has been a capable CM of UP but currently he is the BJP President and his focus should be on organisational consolidation of his party. Modi not only has proven his mettle thrice as the CM of Gujarat, his success in Gujarat is talk of the nation, if not world. He is a charismatic leader and an orator beyond comparison.

Besides all opinion polls are singling him out as one leader who is the icon of the youth of India. All other leaders of the BJP do not match Modi. This talk of Muslims not voting for Modi or for that matter they will polarise towards Congress does not gel. If minority polarise towards Congress then majority will shift towards the BJP and things will get evened out.

The fear that regional groups will not be part of NDA if BJP proffers Modi’s name is also a red herring. Regional parties will find some excuse or the other to align with the BJP if it gets sufficient numbers. All these parties’ desire is power and pelf. Like today, in the name of secularism they are aligned with Congress. Besides, today’s minority youth is not dumb that the religious leaders will be able to herd them to vote for the party they want. This youth is also now fast becoming part of the mainstream, desiring development, job opportunities and good governance.

So it is desirable that for the national interest Advani declares himself out of the PM race and becomes party patriarch. This will increase his stature in the party and the country may grow manifold. Something comparable to what Sonia Gandhi did nine years back.

Sushma Swaraj and others should leave the race in favour of Modi and form a politburo so that talents of all these leaders who are the best in the country are fully utilised and concept of collective leadership is ushered in. However, if they continue fighting for the PM slot, not only will they fall, they will also badly let down their own party and the country. After all, sacrifice is what makes the difference, especially when it is being made for a good cause.

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