Therefore, won’t it be far better if the resources involved in organising such rallies in hitherto unfertile areas are channelized to maximise the party’s prospects in areas where there is a strong possibility of victory?
Another key question is whether Modi reflected the mood of the party’s supporters in the state in his address. Interactions with the rank and file of the party reveal a disappointment in terms of content. While they do appreciate the compulsions of real politik that might have prevented the leaders from attacking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the party’s core constituency strongly feel that the TMC chief has outdone arch rivals Marxists in minority appeasement. They cite innumerable instances to support their case that even as Bangladesh leader Sheikh Hasina is pro actively engaged in crushing the Islamic radicals in her country, the West Bengal Chief Minister is on an overdrive to support those very elements.
These grassroot level workers feel the people in the state are looking for a third alternative other than TMC and the Left Front and the Central leaders should stop playing footsie with Banerjee and in the process derail the state party. Moreover, Banerjee has always been and would remain an unpredictable ally given her mercurial style of functioning.
Thus, when Modi goes to different states, is he being given the right feedback on the issues faced by the party cadres and supporters, which reflects in his public utterances?
Moreover, there appears to be a growing perception within BJP that Modi can single handedly deliver the magic figure. Modi is undoubtedly the party’s face but it is a well oiled party organisation with dedicated, committed workers which alone can strengthen the base. The efficacy of the local leadership, the choice of candidates, the unity among the rank and file are as critical for the party’s success as much as the projection of a strong and popular leader. Both complement each other.
The party should not forget that even if the elections are being fought in presidential style, it is not a presidential poll that is being contested. Modi would be contesting only from one or two seats and the remaining 272 seats are equally important. Time for some introspection before its too late in the day.