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The Citrus Blight

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

The Citrus Blight
Sanjay Rawat
The Citrus Blight
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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

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These days both the Congress and the BJP look like losers, a lone consolation prize seeing the plight the other is in. In fact, they even seem to be following similar disastrous paths. For every debacle the Congress faces, there now seems to be one also in the BJP. So it was last week when the Congress lost seven assembly bypolls in Andhra, the state that delivered 33 party MPs in ’09 (its largest contingent by far). Not to worry, the BJP kept apace losing the byelections to an LS seat in Karnataka and an assembly seat in Gujarat. Meanwhile, if Mamata Banerjee and the revolving door of rail ministers was embarrassing the Congress/UPA, the BJP was equally shamed by yet another full-blown B.S. Yediyurappa headache in Karnataka and a small rebellion in Jharkhand over an RS seat.

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