‘The real battle in Gujarat is Modi versus BJP’

Coomi Kapoor in The Indian Express:

“If Narendra Modi succeeds in pulling through despite the wide spectrum of forces ranged against him, the BJP may not necessarily be the gainer. The autocratic Modi is unlikely to allow his party to share the credit. In fact, the BJP central leadership will have to contend with a man who, bolstered by a second electoral victory, will assume he has a legitimate claim to play a decisive role in shaping the party’s future.

“Modi would be encouraged to believe that his tactics of divisive demagoguery, mud-slinging and cocking a snook at the judiciary and the rule of law have been vindicated. A victorious Modi would push the BJP further towards hardline Hindutva, the consequences of which would be the party’s growing isolation.”

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