No one can say anything about this ‘why’ with certainty except L K Advani but in doing so, he unwittingly gives the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Congress the breather that the corruption-tainted party and the alliance have been looking for, especially after the decimation it faced in the recently held bypolls where Narendra Modi performed exceedingly well.
Let’s do some wild-analysing (with some guesses):
Was it a fad of an octogenarian who was angry after his line was not taken into account in an organization that he had been a founding member of?
If that is so, like almost of the grandpas, Advani too, would be mollified after he is made feel that his importance in the outfit is still intact. Political developments are well on that way. The whole Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leadership is in a huddle and Mr. Advani’s resignation has been rejected unanimously.
Or Mr. Adavani was worried about the larger picture that Mr. Modi’s elevation as the BJP poll committee chairman for the 2014 general elections would cause irreparable splits in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and would repel the potential allies that might join the NDA as the election approached near. Mr. Modi has a communally controversial image that many political outfits fear to identify with.
But that communally controversial image may be the biggest vote multiplier for the BJP and NDA as well because Narendra Modi is the only leader in the country who can polarize the Hindu votes across the caste and class divides. If that happens, the BJP and NDA would easily sail through.
Or according to a colleague who opined that Rajnath Singh could not have taken such a big decision without Advani’s consent and this whole drama was BJP orchestrated to generate buzz around BJP’s national executive meet in Goa and around the party as a whole.
He was of the opinion that BJP’s presence in media and in public’s perception was getting monotonous and the party was in desperate need to create some high-voltage coverage to make BJP a buzz word again right before the take-off phase of the upcoming general elections scheduled for 2014 but developments say that it might well be held in 2013 itself.
Or let me add to it that the brand Narendra Modi was getting bigger than the brand BJP and the BJP central leadership including Mr. Advani was wary of it.
As the developments are progressing, it tells the gamble is well on the way of paying dividends with the whole nation and the media glued to the events going live and the whole BJP leadership at the doorsteps of Advani’s residence to mollify him to take his resignation back. Reportedly, Advani is unhappy with Modi. Now if Advani prevails, it will place the brand BJP above the brand Narendra Modi again.
But the burning question remains – can Advani lead the BJP and the NDA to the victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections?
Even Modi cannot be claimed to work some magic for the BJP in the next elections but one thing is certainly clear that Modi is far bigger, probably the tallest vote-puller for the BJP and the NDA than Advani in the prevailing political circumstances.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/