“I think that is not a very mature suggestion you win a lot of elections you lose some elections so if we start throwing out people after every loss we probably will have nobody to left in the party. So, therefore, in a political election a political party losses an election collectively, it wins an election collectively after all when Prime Minister led the campaign and in 2014 we won are we not all in terms of positions and stature beneficiaries of that and therefore tomorrow or today if we lose an election should we not be collectively responsible for that.”

What else Arun Jaitley or any other senior BJP leader can say publicly – after the rout the party had in Bihar assembly polls.

What Arun Jaitley yesterday said was basically about shielding Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and that leadership of the party that went into milking the cow in Bihar – but it boomeranged.

Till now, every BJP win, post its grand show in the parliamentary polls last year, was being attributed to Amit Shah and every loss, in different bypolls, was being conveniently ignored. The first big loss that came in Delhi early this year, was dismissed as an aberration with debatable points like ‘Congress no show’, ‘RSS disinterests’ and the ‘Kiran Bedi factor’.

But, with Bihar now, that ‘aberration’ can safely be termed a trend and this time, it will be difficult for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to ignore the ‘writing on the wall’.

Amit Shah runs BJP because he is a trusted Narendra Modi man and BJP leaders trust Narendra Modi because of his ‘vote mobilization’ appeal. Narendra Modi realizes this and also this that he cannot pull a successful draw every time, in every assembly election.

West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam are due next year and the mother of all, Uttar Pradesh, is to see assembly polls in April-May 2017 – and BJP has no chances in all these states except Assam – Narendra Modi knows that.

True, BJP cannot accept it publicly as reflected further in Rajnath Singh’s words, “Winning and losing is part of the game. One cannot pin the blame on the PM. We couldn’t understand the mood (in the state). Social equations were against us in Bihar. I have addressed at least 50 rallies. “

Defending Amit Shah he said, “In BJP, a person can remain President for two consecutive terms. There is no bar. The present tenure of Amit Shah is an ad-hoc period. I mean he is completing my left—over period since the last one-and-a-half years. He can be regular President for two more terms. Unke to 6 saal bache hain (he has six years left).”

It’s all logical and practical what all they are saying. BJP will have to weather hostile and scathing observations from even its senior leaders – L. K. Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Shanta Kumar and so on – as we saw this evening – because they all saw dead ends of their political careers with the dawn of Narendra Modi as the only powerful leader of BJP.

They cannot and they should not hit back on that. The best that BJP can do is to remain silent, do an honest introspection and carry out the necessary rectifications it must carry out now.

Even if it chooses to shield its top brass for this Bihar debacle!

How these outcomes reflect on BJP governance and functioning only time will tell.

So far, the day-2 post the Bihar disaster, has given us conflicting signals.

Continuing its run of controversial decisions, especially around communal issues, the party went all out to oppose the ‘Tipu Sultan birth anniversary’ observation by Congress run Karnataka government. Most of us, especially in our generation, know Tipu Sultan as a good, patriotic Indian, thanks to the Doordarshan serial, and we are happy with that. We don’t need unnecessary controversy (or politics), either by BJP or by Congress (after all Congress is also trying to play communal card of appeasement of announcing the Tipu Sultan event after all these years).

On the other hand, the Narendra Modi led government took a much needed, important step this evening. The government relaxed the much delayed foreign direct investment (FDI) limits in 15 significant sectors and we should see this as the beginning of a long delayed reform process.

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Bihar is going to polls. Voting for the first phase in five-phase electoral process is tomorrow.

And as expected, intense communication packaging is on to make JP or Loknayak (a mass leader) Jayaprakash Narayan the figurehead of BJP’s or NDA’s political ‘conscience’ while campaigning for votes.

JP led India during the tumultuous days of the Emergency and stood his ground against Indira Gandhi, rallying leaders and people against the dictatorial regime of Mrs. Gandhi – the public anger that finally uprooted her in 1977 election.

JP was from Bihar. And JP’s birth anniversary this year – on October 11 – is falling in the midst of Bihar’s poll season.

JP is seen as the mascot of anti-Emergency protests and thus the doyen of the pro-democracy mass movements in the country in the post-Independence India. Most of the present breed of non-Congress political leaders in states and in Centre are products of the JP-led civil-political movement.

As the Narendra Modi led NDA government has been on a spree to claim legacies of India’s icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and even Jawahar Lal Nehru and is trying to bring many more icons in Nation’s mainstream conscious – JP was a name waiting to be picked up.

And never could be a more opportune time than the Bihar assembly election, especially when products of the JP movement are pitted against each other, and especially, when some of them, helplessly, cannot quote JP ‘so’ openly as they are together in alliance with Congress – the party that was political nemesis of JP.

That has left the turf open for BJP and the party is going in full speed on it.

JP has been echoing in NDA’s poll materials for campaigning and the party today held an event named Loktantra Prahari Abhinandan on his birth anniversary to further the packaging. The event was addressed by Narendra Modi and was attended by other big leaders. Every wing of BJP and RSS paid rich tributes to JP on every possible communication platform. BJP’s national president Amit Shah held a rally in JP’s village.

October 11, incidentally, happens to be the birth anniversary of Nanaji Deshmukh, a senior RSS ideologue, and he, too, got prominent space in party’s communication materials.

But while he will be not there tomorrow (literally), JP will be on the block at least till the outcome of this Bihar assembly election.

And as expected, as is the trend, no one is talking about Dr. Rajendra Prasad or Rajendra Babu, India’s first President, the great freedom fighter and one of the gems of his generation that India had – who was from Siwan district in Bihar – obviously, due to socio-political factors revolving around caste arithmetic.

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Featured Image Courtesy: Wikipedia and Website of Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer

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