Saturday, July 20, 2013

Modi’s supremacy established

After being appointed the Chairperson of Election Campaign Committee in party’s National Executive Meeting in Goa despite the indirect opposition of party’s mentor and tallest leader in active politics Lal Krishna Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s elevation in the party for top job is final with the announcement of 20 sub-committees by the party under him. This finally has established that he is now the supreme leader of BJP and there is every possibility that he will be its prime ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP is also day dreaming that it will defeat the Congress and come to power this time. BJP-led NDA is getting weaker and weaker since it was clear that Modi would be its face in the Lok Sabha elections. And because of his elevation, BJP’s largest and 17 year old alliance partner in NDA JD(U) broke away with it. BJP has now been left with only Akali Dal and Shiv Sena as its allies in NDA. Even Shiv Sena has not cleared its stand on the issue of its support to Narendra Modi in NDA if the BJP made him its prime ministerial candidate. There is no BJP in Southern states and almost its position is the same in North-Eastern states. It is in power only in Goa, Gujarat, Chattishgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. Its position has weakened after the ruling JD(U) parted company with it in Bihar. After losing power in UP in 90s, it has now only nominal presence there. Bihar and UP are the two most important states of the nation politically. These two states account for more than 120 MPs. How many seats do the BJP hope to win in these two states where ruling SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP Mayawati hold their sways in UP? Congress and BJP are on third and fourth position in regard to Lok Sabha seats in UP. In Bihar the position of BJP is little better but after breaking of its alliance with ruling JD(U), it is difficult to predict about its performance in Lok Sabha elections in which it will go alone. Lalu of RJD and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of JD(U) are the main political personalities in Bihar and fight in the elections would only confine to them. So, it matters little politically how many sub - campaign committees for Lok Sabha elections next year the BJP announces under Modi when it has no significant presence in more than half of the nation. Narendra Modi’s stamp was written all over as BJP announced its Election Campaign Committee for 2014 polls including top leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley who will work under him.

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