People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 04, 2005
BJP is, indeed, in a serious crisis. As we go to press, Uma Bharti has been
suspended from the primary membership of the party for a second time in a span
of one year. Even before the “feel good” euphoria of the Bihar
election results could settle, a deep cleavage developed in the BJP’s
ranks in Madhya Pradesh. Angered at
not been reinstated as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, (she was forced to
step down following being chargesheeted for her forcible entry into the Idgah
Maidan in Hubli. Even when her name was cleared, the central leadership of the
party refused to allow her back to the post) Uma Bharti along with her
supporters indulged in “militant protest” at the party headquarters in
incident comes while the uncertainty over the continuation of L K Advani as the
BJP president continues. Ticked off
by the RSS for not maintaining “ideological
purity” Advani has announced that he will quit in December. Only time
will tell whether this will happen.
all these may appear to be factional fights surrounding personalities in a party
that has not been able to come to terms with its electoral defeat, these
developments, in effect, are a veil that masks a deeper
crisis. Since their electoral debacle in the 2004 general elections, the
RSS/BJP has been completely at a loss to identify issues on the basis of which
they can mobilise mass support. Their
communal agenda, mercifully, did not find a resonance amongst the people, the
way they had expected. Following
their victories earlier in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan which focussed on the
issues of bijli,
sadak and paani (BSP), they sought to appropriate the development agenda and
coined the bombastic slogans of
`India shining’ and `feel good’ factor.
Such was the vast disconnect between these slogans and the actual
deteriorating living conditions of the mass of the people that these boomeranged
with a vengeance in the general elections.
Even in Madhya Pradesh, having won the elections on BSP, within two
years, the BJP had to install the third chief minister!
This is a new record of sorts.
these clearly point to a serious internal crisis within the RSS/BJP.
Uma Bharti declares that she is the “original BJP” who is being
ousted by impostors! The RSS
considers the present central leadership of the BJP as one that is diluting its
ideology. The BJP rank and file in the meanwhile,
feeling vacuous with the loss of perks of office, are in a disarray, to
say the least.
In a sense these developments auger well for the maturation of
Indian polity. The BJP’s
ideological persuasions of a fascistic rabidly intolerant “Hindu Rashtra” is
totally antithetical to modern
Indian secular democratic constitutional republic. Given this, the current
turmoil within the RSS/BJP is a reflection of the mass of the Indian peoples’
desire to jettison the pernicious communal ideology and agenda.
This can only be better for India, i.e., Bharat.