BJP: Need to Update and restart before it’s too late

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Today UPA government is going through a crisis of credibility and leadership and people of India are looking for a promising alternative which can deliver on issues like corruption, black money, exploitation of natural resources, agriculture crisis etc.

The political reality of today is that people are left with limited options, even if India goes for election today with clear anger and frustration in people’s mind against current regime, there is no chance of a stable and credible alternative coming into the power. The reason is the absence of any such alternative.

BJP which claimed to be a party with difference has lost the plot somewhere midway. Advani is absolutely right when he says that issues of black money and corruption were raised by their leadership in the beginning but another truth is that BJP do not get popular support when BJP talks of these issues, reason is lack of credibility in the eyes of masses.

In current political scenario, where Congress is all ready for a transfer of leadership to its new generation and it’s almost certain that country will very soon see Rahul Gandhi as its new Prime Minister, in absence of a credible political alternative, country may go back to the days of mid-term elections, opportunistic short-term political alliances or worse to the unchallenged era of one party rule where sycophancy and blind loyalty will be the only way of governance.

If we look at present political parties and alliances, this gap can be filled only by BJP but it need to reinvent itself and present itself as a credible political alternative to Congress.  Whether Congress comes back to power or not, but a strong BJP as opposition and alternative to congress is what India needs to check balance the power equation and to ensure that people are not taken for a ride by ruling coalition just because there is no real political opponent, and to be very frank the present BJP is not ready to be the one.

First of all BJP need to answer a very basic question,  Why Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are capturing the people’s imagination and why similar issues raised by BJP go completely unnoticed?  Why even though people are fed up with constantly rising inflation and are willing to come out and protest on issues of black money and corruption but they do not vote for BJP which promises to provide an alternative? We have seen this in recently held elections, BJP has performed poorly in all states.

Upcoming UP elections are going to be real litmus test and will decide the future of Indian politics, with Congress all set for a leadership change before UP elections ( yes, we may actually see Rahul being PM before UP elections) and chances of Loksabha elections also happening around same time are real, it seems BJP is running out of time.  Whether deciding on leadership or it’s position on core political issues or on strengthening the organizational strength, the strategy of delaying is not going to work in party’s favor.

BJP need to come out with a clear political face and also an alternative agenda that can win over people’s imagination, it is not that BJP do not have faces or intellectual strength but the problem is that it lacks the courage to take decisions.  Yes, courage is all it takes.

Another challenge for BJP is to gain acceptance from sections beyond its traditional support base, party need to come up with an agenda that is non threatening to minorities especially Muslims and Christians and that can win dalits, tribals and other communities which have so far kept themselves away from the party.

Another major problem is that BJP did not so far have thought about raising real issues that Indian rural population is battling with, people do not know what is the stand of party on land acquisition or  corporatization of natural wealth or what they have to offer on agricultural issues or how will they deal with farmers suicides and increasing disparity among rural and urban India. So far BJP has been seen replicating the similar policies that Congress has to offer on these issues. People do not want a copycat policy model, they need an alternative and BJP think tank has to come up with one if they actually wish to pose a real challenge to Congress.

Lets take the example of Gujarat, which BJP is portraying as their role model for governance, Gujarat is only replicating Manmohan’s economic model. If replication of Manmohan’s economics is the only strength that BJP has to offer then why not let it be done by the Manmohan himself at the center?

Yes, BJP has to find and develop and then flaunt its “X” factor to win new constituencies and to widespread it s support base.

So far it seems that BJP leadership is just waiting for people to get fed up with Congress and they believe that people in absence of any other alternate option, will bring back the BJP to power. Obviously things do not happen like that in politics and this wait and watch policy may result in an everlasting waiting game for this party. Advani must understand this.

“Change with changing times and reinvention of self” is the mantra for the success and survival of organizations and time has come for BJP to go for it.

A new, reinvented, open to all BJP is the need of hour, it’s now or never for this party though the sad part is that top leadership of Party do not seem to be ready for it.


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