eCharcha.Com   Support eCharcha.Com. Click on sponsor ad to shop online!

Advertise Here

Go Back   eCharcha.Com > Current Affairs > Indian Politics

Notices

Indian Politics Our national time-pass!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 3rd, 2010, 11:11 PM
echarcha's Avatar
echarcha echarcha is offline
Sutradhar {admin}
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: CA, USA
Posts: 45,354
echarcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond reputeecharcha has a reputation beyond repute
Exclamation Oranges For Lemons - BJP in a soup!

This article is so right on!

Quote:
Oranges For Lemons

No leadership, no gameplan and hurtling from crisis to crisis, the BJP is in a right royal soup
SABA NAQVI


Has the party of the gods lost the plot completely? For not a single creative political idea now emerges from the BJP. Following the Gujarat MoS for home Amit Shah’s arrest in Ahmedabad, it’s clear that, beset with crisis after crisis, the country’s main opposition party is trapped into defending the indefensible. If during the last session of Parliament the BJP became a butt of jokes as it waited in vain to form a government in Jharkhand with a man they once loved to revile, now the sheen has come off the showpiece Narendra Modi government in Gujarat. And this time, there is no communal Hindu-Muslim faultline to be exploited in the cases of extortion and murder involving a minister so close to Modi. In fact, there are fears that in public perception the whole anti-terror operations of the state government will now be painted as a cover for an extortion racket.

For the party, it’s been an unhappy season of scandal. Before being forced by circumstances to defend Amit Shah for murder and extortion, the BJP (which once claimed to be “a party with a difference”) had devoted great energy to defending the notorious Reddy brothers of Bellary who are apparently holding the Karnataka government to ransom. Occasionally in this riveting script of murder, extortion, blackmail and unbridled corruption, there is a comedy break when party president Nitin Gadkari makes another gaffe. And it’s not just his words which evoke mirth, giggles and clarifications, it is also his deportment. Partymen grumble about being made to attend meetings way beyond their bed-time and Gadkari’s casual use of foul language. (Leaders reveal that he “uses such expressions even in front of women”.)

Meanwhile, the man who had coined the phrase “party with a difference”, and who was supposed to have retired many years ago according to the RSS script, settled comfortably into a refurbished room in Parliament last week. Lal Krishna Advani has got the room that had been allotted to Atal Behari Vajpayee as NDA chairman redone to his taste. The former PM’s name-plate is still on the door but as working chairman Advani now uses the room. His name-plate has been placed below Vajpayee’s. Among other changes, Advani has added a revolving book case to the room. The more things are supposed to have changed in the BJP, the more they remain the same.

In all fairness, though, last week the BJP did put up an energetic front on the price-rise issue. It stalled Parliament insisting on an adjournment motion—which entails voting—and claimed to have collected nearly 10 crore signatures opposing the government’s handling of prices. Since that figure implies that every 10th Indian supported the BJP campaign, the claim seemed rather tall. As a senior party leader noted sarcastically, “We believe in overstating everything in case you don’t understand the point. So we’ll hype up figures to such an extent that nobody will believe us. It is only then that we believe we have made our point.”

Within the party, there are those who criticise the decision to defend Amit Shah. Sources say Narendra Modi insisted that the national leadership defend Amit Shah and his Gujarat regime to the hilt. With a power vacuum in Delhi and with Advani also beholden to Modi and Shah (who managed his Gandhinagar election), the Gujarat CM is certainly in a position to wield great influence. Which is perhaps why leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley keeps harping on the misuse of the CBI and why the issue would certainly be taken up by the BJP. (Yet the party knows that opposition unity could break over such an issue and has not given the CBI debate any priority in Parliament.)

Meanwhile, a senior leader told Outlook: “Certainly Modi has great influence over Advani and also Jaitley. But I believe the Amit Shah case should be fought legally. That issue should not be combined with our political articulation as it is a double-edged sword. If the charges against Shah are finally dismissed, we can score political points. But what if the case stands legal scrutiny? Then the future of Modi as our mascot is in peril.”



As it is, on the national stage Modi is proving to be more a liability than an asset. The manner in which he managed to run foul of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, the BJP’s most important ally right now, was typical of the man. The overreach by Modi in the Patna media when he arrived there for a party conclave in mid-June almost ended the decade-long political alliance. Sources reveal though that with just a few months to go to the Bihar polls, Nitish has been mollified.


Indeed, at the heart of all the BJP’s troubles is a larger existential crisis. All its ideological cornerstones are now failing to yield further political dividends. Plus there is the terrible pincer movement of the police agencies simultaneously closing in on some RSS members for being involved in Hindu terror and on people close to Modi—who was till the 2009 general elections touted as the great hope of the party. Partymen would like to believe that there will be a “great backlash by Hindus” but it’s just not been happening.

In fact, there are many who argue in private that the RSS is the greatest burden on the BJP. “The Sangh just does not attract quality any longer. It just gets fools,” says an insider. Yet, RSS members routinely get inducted into the bjp as spokespersons, get Rajya Sabha seats and are embedded across the organisation. With no Hindu issues igniting a wave, the question to ask is: has the BJP’s talent pool become so limited that the party is bound to remain in crisis?

The political desperation is already visible in the morally bankrupt choices the party now makes—eager to form a government in Jharkhand at any cost (even if it meant tying up with the JMM’s Shibu Soren); defence of the Reddy brothers for the pelf and clout they carry. Add this to poor political management in critical states like Jharkhand and a genuine leadership crisis nationally, the bjp comes across as a party resorting to bluff and bluster, a party that no longer attracts the young, where leaders linger on in the general atmosphere of decay, and increasingly, a party that defends the indefensible.

With soaring prices, a disastrous Indo-Pakistan dialogue, burning issues like Kashmir and Maoist terror, the upa government should have been on the mat. But as things stand, and no hope on the horizon of sorting out its own mess, the BJP can only hope that things get worse for the upa and the tina factor starts working in their favour.

LINK
__________________
eCharcha.com
-Loud and Proud Desi Opinions
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old August 4th, 2010, 12:20 AM
Indian's Avatar
Indian Indian is offline
Indian eCharchan
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: HELLabad
Posts: 3,346
Indian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond reputeIndian has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Oranges For Lemons - BJP in a soup!

and...some ppl sing bhajan keertan of Modi for everything...as if he is going to save this country from sinking. It is not going to happen ..with so much chaos in & around bjp.

modi need to fix his ahmedabad airport first..before even he ventures out of his state. He just spoiled the game and alliance in bihar. Lets wait and see.
__________________
born LLKC !

not ashamed to be IDLE !
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bjp, irrelevant, meaningless, no agenda, no direction


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Collection of soup, fly in my soup, ... jokes echarcha Friday Special 10 June 26th, 2012 04:43 PM
Blue Oranges-A decent attempt milanfanabhi Films 4 June 8th, 2010 12:06 AM
Apples and oranges - pick one echarcha Puzzles 9 December 20th, 2007 05:52 PM
'Communal' CD puts BJP in soup, EC slaps notice marvelous Taaza Khabar - Current news 10 April 8th, 2007 09:00 PM
Vegetable Soup! Alibaba Recipe Corner 4 November 16th, 2003 01:34 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Site Copyright © eCharcha.Com 2000-2012.