Six months after leading his party to its most spectacular crash yet, “the man who sowed the dragon seeds of hatred“, Lalchand Kishinchand Advani, has bid adieu to the post of leader of opposition.
On the face of it, the “former future prime minister of India” has been elevated to the newly created position of chairman of the BJP’s parliamentary party. In reality, well, in reality the Nagpur-based “cultural” organisation RSS is calling the shots. So Sushma Swaraj in place of Advani; Nitin Gadkari in place of Rajnath Singh.
Questions: Will Gadkari and Swaraj be able to haul the BJP out of the coals? Are these relatively younger personnel the “generation next” that BJP supporters are waiting for? Will they be able to inspire their colleagues? Or, will the BJP which has seen enough trouble in recent months see more of it?
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Nope. Nothing can. Not Sushma, not Gadkari (Gen next!! or Gen past already..), Not even dear old Bhagwan Shri Ram. The party’s party was over long ago, never showed it’s phoenix feathers either… So it’s safe to say BJP is doomed.
Sushma and Gadkari are both atleast 50 years old. How can they represent the younger generation? Advani will continue to control the MPs through sushma since she is a camp follower. Gadkari can be a different ball game all together. I hope he shows some courage to put people like the Reddy brothers out of power politicking and inducts from fresh young talent into the party.
Sushma seems a safer bet than most other nex-gen leaders. Hope she finds a way to jettison her sons (the Reddy’s) in Arabian Sea (or does she prefer Ganga).. :-)
1) Nitin G will probably be a stop gap till the Sangh find somebody acceptable to the people in Delhi and the politico-journos in the BJP. I doubt if he is capable of being the public face of the party. Losing a state election is not the best way to stake claim to the top job.
2) Sushma Swaraj should start by changing her hair dye. That said. speaking sanskrit and fluency in Hindi are wonderful traits to have. It would be interesting to know what else she brings to the table as leader of the opposition. Her oratory skills are loud but not great.
Sushma will not be able to do anything because Advani has been promoted as chairman.
Chairman will now call the shots instead of opposition leader of the president of the party.
So in effect, the more things change, the more the remain the same.
In India, politicians never retire. they never give up power till the last breath.
Advani is a classic example of it. he is now the chairmain of his party.!!!!!!!!!!!
They change the party constiuttion to allow advani to continue to call the shots.
There is absolutely no democracy within BJP. An extra constitutional authority like RSS forces its man on the party.
And advani pushes his key supporters – sushma and jaitely as opposition leaders
Don’t know about BJP. We definitely have saviours of Kannada
Naavenu Huchchara? Classic :)
For Karnataka PM ,I recommend –
All seem fluent and native.
The correct Title should be:
Can Sushma shave the BJP?
Afterall this is the same sushma who threaten the nation with shaving her head, wear white, sleep on the floor, and make chickpeas and water her staple diet.
Oh she had no issues with Ad-vani the former future PM, who happen to born outisde of India, I mean a “foreigner” by birth, actually a pakistani.
Beside that, Reddy brothers will loot and plunder the state with both hands and yeddy will shed tears in front of telly and join the loot behind.
Oh do join us with justiification, that cong or JDS were all doing, so Yeddy and reddy have the right to pillage.:)
L K Advani, no doubt has leadership qualities. But, he is adament and sticks to his views. That is why, has had earned more enemies than friends. His rath yathtra and bharat darshan did bring him fame and popularity. But, taking all goons in to party in the name of development, has diluted the party principles and discipline. Now, sushma swaraj, will keep smiling and Reddys will take advantage of it. Any way, BJP is already out of power and by seeking karnataka’s dombarata, there is no chance of coming to power.
Nope. Neither Sushma S nor Nitin G have the charisma of a certain AB Vajpayee. He was a colossus and these are minnows. His tenure was the closest BJP ever came to Indira-Rajiv mystique of Congress ie an individual’s halo covering a pan-Indian footprint. Sushma and Nitin are rather notional leaders than national.
None of the current leaders in BJP (including the said duo) seem to possess the ability to sway the whole nation. Modi? May be to a certain extent in Western India but may not be that effective in the cow-belt. Who else? Jaitley? Anantu? One would be either joking or smoking something banned to make such a statement.
If BJP were ever to be able to seize Delhi then it ought to be either one or both of the following scenarios.
1. Congress/UPA seriously mucking up in governance in the coming years and thereby handing over lot of fence-sitters into the enemy camp.
BJP indeed has the advantage of a committed fan base. They would vote for it no matter what. Add to this base the dis-affected lot and that’s a plausibility.
2. I think the ABV era of BJP was akin to AB (Amitabh Bachchan) era of Bollywood. It’s over and neither Sushma nor Gadkari single-handedly turn the fortunes around.
It would take a multi-starrer to stir the nation if at all.All the regional satraps and ‘national’ leaders will have to deliver in tandem – Yeddy, Shivaraj Chauhan, Modi, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh, Gopinath Munde, Sushma S, Nitin G. etc.
Nothing can save BJP. Its a regressive party and has regressive policies. BJP will not come to power for at least another decade unless congress does something really stupid.
>Can Sushma shave the BJP?
Well said Khan.. ;-)
Only social engineering can save BJP. Many people here and elsewhere may choose to not to believe, but that’s the truth.
Closer to home–Does anybody know what has become of Vikrantha Karnataka?
And new rounds of tin plated yatras, mosque breaking etc. will likely not work again. Fool me once…
Very well said Khan!
Give a fair chance.
>>>Give a fair chance.
Ofcourse a “chance” will be given, fair or unfair. unlike her no one is willing to steep low to deny her chance, when her party decides.
Sometimes you have to wonder, would BJP have come to power if Sonia was given a “chance” in 2004??
Will happen the day kannada replaces english as the language of the internet.
Good one. I am willing to wait, but 2012 is already at hand. My question was really about the weekly magazine started by Ravikrishna Reddy.
>would BJP have come to power if Sonia was given a “chance” in 2004??
hmm… Yes, one must wonder…
But, then Sonia never wanted ‘a chance’. Besides, I don’t think sonia would’ve made a great PM. She is basically a decent person, who has an instinct for preservation of what she perceives as congress values. She hasn’t brought about any of her own radical thinking to the job. I think Rahul may be more radical than her.
So, to answer your question – I’l say this. I believe Vajpayee would’ve won, because he was the best PM candidate available at the time, he was better than Sonia then. However, if Vajpayee had missed 1996/98, then I doubt BJP would ever have come to power. So, it isn’t so much about Sonia as much as it is about Vajpayee.
Till about 3-4 years back Sonia Gandhi couldn’t answer a question from Journalists on her own.. She has now become smart enough and understands the game enough to do so..
if you say so. but haven’t we heard of the times when even stones give up the position of jews.