War with in the BJP
Ruchika Garg | 07 Apr 2014

Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “It is obvious that during elections every candidate tries her best to win, but in a Democracy we should have the manner to win and the decorum to lose.”

2014 General Election will choose the 16th Prime Minister for our country. PM candidate from BJP, Narendra Modi seems to be so desperate to win that Lal Krishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Sinha, Sushma Swaraj, Mukhtar Abbas Abbas Naqvi, his own party member are feeling left out and using a language unmatched to Modi. Whether it is head of Sangh or a Sant every one is behaving like rebellion.

The party’s senior most dissenter, L.K. Advani, meanwhile, swung between possible candidature from a preferred Bhopal and his old constituency, Gandhinagar. He finally “gave in to the party’s wishes”, settling for Gandhinagar. At various public meetings, Advani would miss no opportunity to link Modi with the riots. Advani’s attempt to shift from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat to Bhopal was also seen as an attempt to keep the challenge to Modi’s prime ministerial ambition going. If Advani wins from Gandhinagar, the credit will not go to him but to Modi; moving to Bhopal, he might have projected Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan as an equally capable leader. Unfortunately for Advani, the mood in the BJP is such that no leader dares to be seen impugning Modi’s authority.

Jaswant Singh, senior BJP leader and fornmer finance minister, quit the party after he was denied a seat to contest in the elections starting from April 7. ‘This Namo Namo drama, and the style of decision making that is happening now-a-days is full of arrogance,’ Singh told reporters using the nickname for the BJP candidate that is favoured by his supporters.

However, leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj is upset at the way things are being done in the party. She publically expressed unhappiness over the way senior leader Jaswant Singh was treated by the party and denied a ticket from Barmer. Sushma also tweeted her opposition to re-induction of tainted Karnataka leader B Sriramulu, and also support the entry of Vinod Sharma into the BJP. Sushma will likely to take up nay issue in the part that will enhance her image with the masses.

As Modi goes full steam ahead with his campaign, the fighting and handling questions about internal strife has been left to party president Rajnath Singh. Rajnath’s Twitter account threw up a poster showing him (instead of Modi) as the only face of the government should BJP win. This was explained away as a mistake: the poster was meant for his Lucknow campaign but uploaded by mistake by a junior karyakarta; it shouldn’t be taken as indicative of Rajnath’s prime ministerial aspiration.

Modi is sidelining everybody but suppose If he loses (assume it for a minute), will he be able to follow the lines of Pandit Nehru? The atmosphere of BJP, losing the elections battle will be more worth watching than the winning Party.