21 June, 2021

The Citrus Blight

Base shrinking and internally riven, can the BJP stay relevant for 2014?

Sanjay Rawat
The Citrus Blight

One Big Mess

  • Leaders Chief Nitin Gadkari doesn’t inspire much confidence. Second-line leaders don’t see eye to eye.
  • Satraps State leaders act as their own bosses, detest being dictated to
  • Party Nothing national about it;
  • BJP looks like a cocktail of regional outfits, no questions asked
  • Sangh RSS meddling post-2009 elections getting all too obvious, as in Rajya Sabha nominations
  • Base Like Congress, lost big in UP. Vote percentage shrinking across India; Karnataka slipping away.
  • Allies Spectre of Modi and sudden revival of Third Front dreams hamper expansion ahead of 2014 polls.
  • Issues Corruption, porn, seat-sale scandals eat into party’s image


These days both the Congress and the BJP look like losers, a lone...

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