"Nischay hi Govindji bahut tanaav mein hein, anyatha unhone aisa extreme kadam na uthaya hota (Definitely he is under great stress, otherwise a person like him would not have taken such a drastic step)," a senior rss leader told Outlook on the phone from Kanpur. While it's still unclear what led Govindacharya to take the "extreme step", his decision is being interpreted differently by different people.
The question uppermost in everybody's mind is: why should a 'young' politician like Govindacharya, who has a bright future, be under so much of 'stress'? The answers vary—from complete alienation and marginalisation within the bjp to the controversy over his alleged romantic liaison with Union minister Uma Bharati in the days when the party was far away from power. Sources in the party, however, say it's probably a bit of both. While Uma Bharati is reportedly keen to give it a political colour, blaming Govindacharya's detractors in the bjp for his problems, senior party leaders clearly say that Govindacharya's decision to shun public life is the result of his "personal problems". Says bjp president Jana Krishnamurthy: "It has nothing to do with politics. It's purely his personal matter."