22 September, 2020

A Family Gone Astray

Vajpayee fires another salvo, asking for Modi's head. The vertical split in the Sangh parivar is near complete.

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A Family Gone Astray
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Brutus could not have done better. Still smarting from their defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, the last thing that the BJP top brass needed was another first-class crisis. And that is precisely what they have got. Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee—until a month ago the undeniable party mascot—has landed the BJP into such a crisis by publicly raking up the issue of the Gujarat riots for the second time in a week. Barely two days after the party had issued a clear rebuff to Vajpayee by contradicting him on the touchy Gujarat issue, he reaffirmed his position on June 17. The sign of a vertical split within the BJP between the so-called moderates and the hardliners coincided with a reassertion of Vajpayee as the supreme leader of the party.

Leaving for the cooler climes of Manali after a difficult election campaign which ended in defeat and a stormy but short parliament session, Vajpayee gave out nary a hint of what was coming. In a carefully televised TV interview, he said what the Sangh parivar did not want to hear: the blame for the electoral defeat lay with...
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