The Karnataka BJP’s response to Hartalu Halappa‘s kamakanda, as the TV channels call it, is only the latest example that God’s Own Party with a Difference is joined at the hip (and the lip) with the Congress in its “unthinking responses and shabby afterthoughts”.
In declaring the “satvik” minister to be innocent even before the probe begins, in stalling his arrest, in throwing mud at the accusers, in frothing at the mouth at the shadyantra—and in supping with the Reddy brothers, in aligning with Shibhu Soren, etc—the BJP tells its “sincere middle-class admirers” that it is no different from the Congress, like it or lump it.
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr writes in DNA:
“In these post-ideological times, when political right and political left do not make sense, it should not come as a surprise that the BJP does what needs to be done in terms of practical governance without bothering too much about ideology.
“Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a clear notion that what matters in politics is to be in power. If ideology is needed to achieve power, then let there be ideology. If on the other hand, ideology becomes a liability, then push it to the backburner. The other leaders in the party accepted this implicit Vajpayee line.
“Interestingly, this is also the Congress line, and hence the convergence. It is not surprising then that starting with Vajpayee, the political icon for BJP leaders is Indira Gandhi more than Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.”
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