By Soroor Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
The Bharatiya Janata Party is paying the price for not doing its home work. The problem with it is that there was so much squabbling in the home that it could not do any work at all––so far presidential election in India is concerned.
When the Congress first tried to test the political waters way back in April by floating the name of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee the BJP bigwigs were either quarrelling among themselves or were thinking that the media, Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev would continue to fight all the battles for them.
It is sheer tragedy that the biggest opposition party in the country had to finally support the name of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, which was first proposed by Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Trinamool Congress president, Mamata Banerjee. With just a month to go for the election the party has not come out with any of its own candidate for the post of President.
Now with Kalam flatly refusing to contest the election the BJP finds itself badly stumped. Now it has no option but to support P A Sangma, whom the Biju Janata Dal is supporting or discover someone else.
What is more shocking is the silence of the loud-mouthed Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi. If he is really the prime ministerial candidate of the party––as his supporters claim––why is he not speaking on the issue when all the chief ministers or regional satraps are airing their views. After all till a few weeks back he was rubbing shoulders with Naveen Patnaik of Odisha and Jayalalithaa of Tamil Nadu.
The BJP has now come to realize that it has been badly mauled by the Congress in the latest round of political battle. If the present anarchy persists in the party how will it fight the 2014 parliamentary election in the country.
If a party with such a strong organizational network and disciplined cadres could not chose a candidate for the post of President and keep the NDA flock together than how can it nominate the prime ministerial candidate for 2014?
Its spokesmen and women are trying to put up a brave front before the media by blindly defending or supporting Mamata Banerjee. Instead of courting Mamata it is for the BJP to say what is its own stand on the issue. Why backing the Trinamool candidate? In fact Mamata herself is now groping in darkness after Kalam’s refusal.
The Hindutva party has no dearth of caricatures. Not only that. All out sudden Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev have been relegated by the media. Arvind Kejriwal, however, managed to level a corruption charge against Pranab Mukherjee. But the problem is that these people are not going to replace the BJP as the main opposition party.
What is strange it has leader like Ram Jethmalani, who is himself interested in contesing the election, while there is another gentleman called Subramaniam Swamy who tried to persuade Kalam––on behalf of Mamata as well as the BJP.
But Kalam has proven that he is a bit of political scientist too. He just does not want to be used as a tool by the BJP and mavericks like Mamata Banerjee. If they were really serious the former President should have been requested much earlier.
The BJP is vainly trying to woo the 20-MP party, Trinamool Congress, towards its side, perhaps not knowing that the Janata Dal (United), which too has 20 MPs in the Lok Sabha may drift away from it. After all Mamata was a troublesome ally when the NDA was in power in the early years of this century. Not only that, if Mamata really join hands with the BJP once again, she may lose the Muslim votes in West Bengal.
As the BJP is repeatedly not doing its home work, it is likely to fail in the final examination in 2014 unless some miraculous development takes place.