But even before the Victory saturnalia of RSS settles down one can sense the overcrowding of master chefs in BJP's political kitchen. Whether they would spoil the broth in 2014 is a point to brood.
That the stature of Narnedra Modi has gone a tad up after recent victories is beyond question. But, so far, if we look in recent flash back, he has proved himself a fit Jumper of the Fences. From the misquotes of ‘Moulana Hali’s Rubaiyat’ to history of Alexander, geography of Takshila or naming Shyama Prasad Mukherji to Nawaz Shareef’s comments, to recent reference of Omar Abdullah’s sister and Kashmir, Namo has already piled up number of goof-ups to his credit even before his access to the PM periphery. His knowledgeable pearls of wisdom might soon excel the collection of President Bush Jokes.
Many of the political pandits are already predicting the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in the coming general elections. So the logical conclusion could be the spectacular coronation of Modi in due course of time. One can already see a lot of sophistication and drama in the style and content of delivery of Namo since he was first anointed as CM of Gujarat after the banishment of Keshu Bhai Patel.
The million dollar question is - Will Mr. Narendra Modi be able to retain his unquestioned supremacy in his party till that time? Will he be able to sustain the hype that has built around his persona? The simple and unassuming politician from Madhya Pradesh Mr. Shivraj Chouhan has proved that he is also a victor of three election battles like Modi; so is Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh. Maharani Scindhia is pretending his humility for few days as election glory is to be shared. The time is not far when she would settle for nothing less than his absolute credit for victory. No more namo namah.
Everyone knows that Chouhan was not very enthusiastic, in his election compaign, to give Narendra Modi much space in Madhya Pradesh and he had never given NaMo any prominence in MP posters. During his victory speech Chouhan has pushed Modi to a place much below L.K. Advani. Even the BJP president was not that outright or bubbling with gratitude or confidence in the press conference.
"BJP has won over 405 Assembly seats from 589 Assembly segments that went to polls. This amounts to an approximately 69 percent victory. This is a clear message for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. We have benefited hugely from Narendra Modi's popularity." ‘Benefitted hugely’ are not the warmest terms and sound more like ‘he has too also.’
While dealing with Government on the ‘Communal Violence Bill’ directly from public platforms Mr. Modi has shown Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj their real places in party. He has totally ignored their roles in both the houses of Parliament and engaged directly to central government and state chief ministers. One may disagree with the politics of both these leaders of opposition in Parliament but one can’t fail to acknowledge their savoire faire and their deep understanding of the topic they talk.
That is not true in case of Mr. Modi. He is known for his poor smattering and his authoritative style and reluctance to accommodate the opinion of others. He has undermined the stature of the leaders of his own party in parliament.
With the ‘Amit Shah’s snooping gate scandal’ very fresh in public memory, with the ‘Saheb’ murky role in instructions, with the only excuse of father-of-the-girl’s letter in defense of the Gujarat government and the escape route commission that followed, there will be a lot of fill-up-the-blank exercises to undertake in near future. Congress is not going to let him go out of hook so easily.
As a shrewd tactician Modi knew that Shivaraj Singh Chouhan is going to win hands down on his own and his contribution would not be real. He knew that size of Chouhan and poltical clout is going to magnify after assembly elections. To preempt the presence of a strong contender, to prepare in advance for this eventuality, he forced the party to nominate him before time.
Now, we have too many master chefs in BJP’s kitchen. Let us keep our fingers crossed.