Team BJP has reached Goa. Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Balbir Punj and others were seen waving hands to numerous TV cameras. And almost each and every camera was trying to capture the image of Modi, who was spotted with Amit Shah and Manohar Parrikar.
Few interesting faces were still absent- Jaswant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Uma Bharti and most importantly Lal Krishna Advani. Rajnath Singh informed that Advani was ‘ill’ and will join the National Executive meeting tomorrow. Interestingly Jaswant Singh also informed a TV camera that he was unwell and was going to a hospital. Naidu asked journalists not to read too much into the matter as Advani ji will join rest of the team tomorrow.
It is important to read too much into the matter.
Political analysts say that Modi’s name will be announced for the head of Campaign Committee for the upcoming elections. This will be a blow to team Advani which includes all the names who are going to hospital today and are expected to join tomorrow. Advani’s love for the post of PM is well known to us. His take on Modi’s escalation to power is also well known. But a major section of BJP has realized that Advani cannot turn potential seats into majority in Lok Sabha. All the members of team Advani are people who are against Modi and have their own lust for power within the party.
The announcement of Modi as the head of the Campaign Committee will give more reasons to believe that he will also be announced as the PM candidate from BJP. RSS and BJP have realized that polarizing votes in the country will lead to a desired result for the party. All the Hindutva names of the newer generation have been put forward as in charge of different committees of the party. This will shape up the upcoming general election. Manohar Parrikar, CM Goa, remarked yesterday that if they announce Modi as the PM candidate then they will transform many seats into their favour.
This holds ground. There is no blinking to the fact that the communal forces are trying hard to come into the forefront of nation’s politics. Upcoming election will see a crucial time. The problem is we have one communal face against other communal face. The nation doesn’t have any choice. Secular forces have failed miserably in last few years.
But this doesn’t mean we have a bleak future. This certainly means that secular forces need to come together like never before and counter the sectarian politics.
First published in Youth Ki Awaaz on June 7, 2013