Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gadkari treads the bitten path

BJP President Nitin Gadkari has undertaken the exercise to give the party new look but he has completely lost sight of the fact that how many among his new office bearers are often seen among the public. As party is no longer enjoying the active presence of two tallest mass leaders such as former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and former deputy prime minister L K Advani, Gadkari should have given prior thought as to how he could groom up leaders who have mass appeal.Three months after he took took charge of the Party with full blessings of the party’s doting parent and inspirational guide Rashtriya Swayam Seval Sangh (RSS), BJP president Gadkari has brought in a mix of youth, experience and women in his team of office bearers.With rising popularity of Congress leader and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi among the masses, the opposition BJP was looking for a team of young bloods to counter him. As the formation of Gadkari’s new team amply reflects that there is a constraint of talent pool, most of the new entrants in his A- team has little political experience and as far as their connection with grass roots is concerned, it is totally disconnect. To give the ruling Congress a befitting reply, the BJP has inducted hardliner Varun Gandhi as one of the general secretaries among the newly appointed office bearers.The formation of new BJP team by with cinema and TV personalities and the politicians who are only seen participating in debate and discussions on English news TV channels but never among the poor, dalits and downtrodden can not match the talent pool of Congress party. Gadkari A-team reflects that he believes in those leaders who could attract crowds towards the party and for that reason he has inducted photogenic personalities from cinema and TVs. Sitting in air-conditioned rooms in Delhi and Mumbai, the affairs of the party and reaching to the people in villages can not be possible. To provide the nation a formidable political alternative, it is utmost necessary for the BJP to give focus on masses.

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