Says senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, "It requires merit to come up the ranks of the BJP and stay there. As more and more parties become nothing more than crowds around a family, the only structured political parties are the BJP and the Left."
However, one highly undemocratic facet of the BJP's functioning has always been the authority of the RSS. Away from the accountability of electoral politics, a few men get together in Nagpur and take decisions that impact the destiny of the party. In recent years, however, the more successful BJP leaders are those who have challenged this interference by the RSS. A.B. Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Narendra Modi have all had public spats with the Sangh. Lesser leaders may not have pulled it off.