Saturday, September 14, 2013
Modi elavated, Advani isolated
BJP named Gujarat Chief Minister and popular party leader Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections despite stiff opposition by party’s mentor, guide and one of nation’s most prestigious and senior most leaders Lal Krishna Advani. It is a fact that at present Naredra Modi is the only hope for the BJP so it did not take time to name him as its prime ministerial candidate, pushing party’s Vishmapitamah into isolation. Advani and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee have been the founder members of BJP. They are credited with bringing the party to this level from where it makes claim to power for the second time. BJP came to power in 1998 for the first time. Lal Krishna Advani, who was called Loh Purush, had played more aggressive role in projecting the BJP as alternative to the oldest and longest ruling Congress party by taking up the issue of Hindutva openly. Gujarat Chief Minister Naredra Modi today may have left his inspirational guru and mentor far behind in popularity, but the BJP and Modi both must not forget that they are his creations . BJP also must not forget that old is gold. And the uncivilized manner in which it has treated its parental figure L K Krishna Advani shows its disregard for our civilization and family discipline. Undoubtedly, Modi is the most popular leader of the BJP but it does not mean that the party should treat its creator as shabbily as has been done with Lal Krishna Advani. With the nomination of Narendra Modi as it PM candidate, the BJP stands divided today and gives birth to the question that when over his name itsself party stands divided, how would he be able to keep the nation united if ever he becomes the PM. By nominating Modi as PM candidate, ignoring blatantly wishes and aspirations of L K Advani, the BJP has shown its excessive hunger for power. The Lok Sabha elections are still 6 months away. There was no need for the party to show this type of haste in declaring its prime ministerial candidate, bypassing its most senior leader. It is not only the Vishmapitamah of the party L K Advani but also the two other most senior leaders- BJP Parliamentary party leader Shusma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi -were also opposed to the declaration of Modi’s name at this point of time, though they fell in line and went with the majority decision of the parliamentary board. Besides being the most popular leader of BJP, Narendra Modi is also the most controversial one. He has still not come out of the shadow of 2002 Gujarat riots. The stigma of one of the worst communal riots depicts him as divisionary force while the nation needs unifying one to keep its chief characteristic unity in diversity intact. The allegation against Narendra Modi being a divisionary leader is his biggest drawback. Though how far the BJP is correct in nominating him as party PM candidate will only be told by the LS elections result in 2014, one thing is certain that he will certainly polarize majority community in his party’s favour to some extent and minority in its totality against it. One thing that goes in his favour is that he is credited with delivering good governance, clean administration and zero tolerance to terrorism but another thing that goes against him is that he is considered to be dividing, and not unifying leader.