Kolkata: People living inside glass houses should not pelt stones – goes the age-old adage. It is no secret that the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been quite prolific on training barbs at the Congress over its over reliance on personality-centric politics. An individual can never be above the party – that’s the saffron party’s mantra. But unfortunately, the saffron leaders run roughshod over their ideology and in the process toe the line of the Grand Old Party.
Yes, one shouldn’t be reluctant to air his dismay over the autocratic manner in which Modi and his most trusted lieutenant and union Home minister Amit Shah have been ruling the roost. All democratic norms are kept at abeyance and it’s their clout which is the prerogative.
A case in point is the unceremonious ‘ouster’ of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and his entire cabinet. Handpicked by the Modi-Shah jodi also hailing from Gujarat, Rupani reportedly fell out of favour for his mishandling of the pandemic and its aftermath. Well, he is not the only CM to have ruffled feathers of the two most powerful players in the right wing outfit.
In recent times, Uttarkhand witnessed a musical chair of sorts with three CMs in a span of six months – Tirath Singh Rawat had to put in his papers just four months after replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat, making way for Pushkar Singh Dhami. Down south, Karanataka heavyweight BS Yeddyurappa had an emotional exit with his loyalist B Bommai taking over the reins of the state.
Surprisingly, the reasons behind such humiliations before the state polls have been skewed. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, a probable heir apparent to Modi was under the scanner too before his RSS links saved his skin. In Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal under whom the party went to the polls, had to leave his ground to Himanta Biswa Sarma after the BJP retained power in the north-eastern state. Yet again, it was the Modi-Shah pairing which called the shots.
Gone is the era of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, when a semblance of transparency was apparent in the BJP. In fact, the party apart from these two stalwarts, had towering personalities like MM Joshi, Jaswant Singh and others whose expertise was given due respect. On the contrary, Modi with support from his confidante Shah, has been successful in quashing every bit of dissent emanating from within the party. Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are no more, defence minister Rajnath Singh who was the party president when Modi was foisted as the PM face, is content within his own space.
Hence, the two Gujarati leaders run amok with no mutineer crossing swords with them. If the Gandhis stay obstinate espousing the cause of charisma-centric politics, how different are Modi and Shah?
Regional parties like TMC, RJD, NCP, SAD, DMK, AIADMK and others always run the risk of witnessing a free-for-all tussle once their supremos hang up their boots or leave for their heavenly abode. But when a national party which prides itself in being the largest political unit in the world, falls prey to whims and fancies of individualistic aura, it sends brooding signals. Does that augur well for the democratic set up?
If abject failure to cope up with the pandemic were the trigger behind Rupani’s resignation, can the Prime Minister absolve himself of accusations on the same lines at the national level? And what about Shah, who as the country’s Home minister, has incurred wrath on so many fronts?
But all these logical pronouncements will fall on deaf ears because sheer arrogance turns a blind eye to constructive reproval. But the stark reality is that sarcasm often boomerangs when stubbornness is given a taste of its own medicine. For the time being, the two devoted sevaks bat on a benign track, but a ferocious turner can set the momentum for their nemesis in the days to come. Fingers crossed!