One should talk of the situation of the Bharatiya Janata Party today, not of Narendra Modi. There are today in India 35 States and Union Territories. Out of these, how many MPs go from some of the States to the Lok Sabha, let us talk about that. From Andhra Pradesh 42, Kerala 20, Odisha 21, from Tamil Nadu 39, from Delhi 7 and from Jammu and Kashmir 6 MPs are elected to the Lok Sabha. In all these States the Bharatiya Janata Party is a zero. It could not get even one seat from these States in the Lok Sabha which was dissolved recently even though the Bharatiya Janata Party had tried body and soul to register its presence in these States.
Now let us talk about some small States. From Manipur 2, from Meghalaya 2, from Mizoram 1, from Tripura 2, from Lakshadweep 1, from Arunachal Pradesh 2, from Puducherry 1, from Sikkim 1, from Chandigarh 1 is the break up of Lok Sabha seats from these States and in all these small States the Bharatiya Janata Party does not even have any account. Here too the number of its members in the Lok Sabha is zero. Out of 35 States and Union Territories, in 15 States the Bharatiya Janata Party account has not opened. The total number of seats in these 15 States is 148, while the total number of seats in the Lok Sabha is 543. If one subtracts 148 seats from these 543 seats, it leaves 395 Lok Sabha seats in the remaining 20 States.
If the Bharatiya Janata Party had no seat in 15 States, then all the seats with it were from the remaining 20 states. Amongst those too in a State like West Bengal the Bharatiya Janata Party had got just 1 seat, and from here the story begins of whether history will change or not change. If the Bharatiya Janata Party is able to register its presence in these 15 States and is able to increase its tally in the remaining 35 States and Union Territories, only then will it be possible for the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a Government in Delhi. But there is a difference. The battle for the Lok Sabha that was recently dissolved was fought by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the battle for the Lok Sabha elections that are currently underway is being fought not by the Bharatiya Janata Party but by Narendra Modi. Has Narendra Modi’s image become larger than that of the BJP? If the answer to this question is seen at first glance, then there is truth in it.
This election will definitely be decisive. Even though every election is decisive in some way or another, but in these elections the people of the country will also be on test — whether in the name of elections they still want to see a road show of a street magician with an entertaining monkey or whether they really, seriously want answers for those issues which are standing before us in the form of inflation, unemployment, corruption, terrorism and communalism.
The way Narendra Modi wants, that his party is doing and therefore on any television channel, whether it is a sports channel or a news channel, or a film channel, or on every channel only one ad is coming –‘Ab ki baar Modi sarkar’ ( this time, a Modi Government). In such a tall height being given to Narendra Modi, there is the consent of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has not deliberately put its stake on Narendra Modi, it has put its stake on him because of compulsion. When the Bharatiya Janata Party was in session in Mumbai, then Narendra Modi was not coming to that session. His condition for coming was that Sanjay Joshi should be expelled from the party or be freed of responsibilities. The Sangh was not ready to accept this, but when it saw that Narendra Modi was not coming, then suddenly the Sangh asked Sanjay Joshi to resign from all posts. At that time the Bharatiya Janata Party workers were with Sanjay Joshi and if Sanjay Joshi had turned then against him, Narendra Modi getting elected in Gujarat for the third time would not have been possible. Narendra Modi made his strategy from here and the first thing he did was to cage such people who he felt could be a risk for him in the future. Sanjay Joshi is one amongst them. After that he encircled the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in such a manner that whether it was Bhaiyyaji Joshi or Mohan Bhagwat and whether it was Ramlalji within the Bharatiya Janata Party, they began to believe that Narendra Modi was inevitable for the 2014 elections. It was from here that Mohan Bhagwat perhaps thought that with this weapon he could politically slaughter all those leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s who were bigger than him in age and experience.
All attempts were made for Lal Krishna Advani’s removal from the election scenario, but Lal Krishna Advani made himself stand firm in this scenario and refused to heed the advice of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh not to contest the elections. Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi did exactly the same thing. However, those still linked to the Sangh say that if Murli Manohar Joshi had agreed with their advice at the first meeting itself, the message would not have gone round the country that Murli Manohar Joshi is not accepting the Sangh’s decision or Advaniji is not accepting the Sangh’s decision. Advaniji deliberately let the rumour grow that he was going to fight from the Bhopal seat. There is no big secret or mystery behind this, in fact it is a very small secret or mystery that Advani’s disciple Shivraj Singh is the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. But if such a time comes when a Government cannot be formed with Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, then in that situation instead of Rajnath Singh Shivraj Singh Chauhan can be put forward for the post of Prime Minister.
The Sangh carefully considered the scenario here, that if 160-180 or 200 seats come, but a Government of the NDA cannot be formed smoothly and the obstacle in that is the name of Narendra Modi, then the writ of all those people will run in the party whom the Sangh wants to remove and in this list there are not more than four-five name. Advaniji, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Singh has already been expelled from the party, Yashwant Sinha. People like them have started seeing themselves as separate from the Sangh, a part of the BJP and Advaniji in fact thinks that his own height is so tall that nobody in the Sangh can give him directions or orders. The Sangh now wants that Narendra Modi should not be removed at any price, and if a Government cannot be formed, then under the leadership of Narendra Modi the Bharatiya Janata Party should sit in opposition and orders to retire should be given to all those due to whom the party reached his situation.
This decision of the Sangh and condition of the Bharatiya Janata Party today prove at the very least that the Bharatiya Janata Party has become a dwarf in front of Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi can go in the direction of changing history if he can ‘plant’ the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 15 States where the Bharatiya Janata Party does not have a single seat and increase the seats in those 20 States where the BJP’s seats vary from 1 to 20 members. It was the same thinking that led Narendra Modi to prepare his array of publicity 3 years ago, and on which he made a beginning after the Mumbai session. He kept himself somewhat mysterious, he also kept himself as the face of terror so that the message could go out in the country that if anyone can straighten out the Muslims, it is Modi.
Then Narendra Modi, leaving the Ram Mandir issue, also gave the slogan of ‘Om, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ (Om, May All become Happy) from Ram Dev’s Ashram, so that those who are not accepting Narendra Modi even today can be put in two minds. And, finally, to bring round the Muslims in his favour Narendra Modi is engaged body and soul. For this, he split the religious leaders of several big dargahs in his favour. He also split those Muslim leaders in his favour to whose gatherings millions of people come and on whose bidding votes are not given. Efforts are being made to convince Muslim journalists that this time Muslim youth will vote for Narendra Modi, because they are not different from other youth in the country are crying ‘Modi – Modi’.
It should be hoped that whether it is Muslims or people of other weaker sections who are today raising Modi-slogans should not face such disappointment tomorrow that they they stand in front of Narendra Modi like vultures and it is here that how enterprising Modi is will soon be tested in whether he will take any advice from people like M.J. Akbar or whether he has included M.J. Akbar too like Shahnawaz Hussain, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – as show pieces in the party. The question is of the country. The question is is even bigger — whether with Narendra Modi’s coming this country will go further into tension or whether with Narendra Modi’s coming this country will get rid of tension. Narendra Modi should give his biggest thanks to Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party who cannot understand how to counter Narendra Modi’s campaign which he has been running for 3 years. Narendra Modi is not being able to show any possibilities to the country and neither is Rahul Gandhi showing any possibilities, but even in this situation Narendra Modi’s height is appearing tall and Rahul Gandhi’s height is appearing small. This election will definitely be decisive. Even though every election is decisive in some way or another, but in these elections the people of the country will also be on test — whether in the name of elections they still want to see a road show of a street magician with an entertaining monkey or whether they really, seriously want answers for those issues which are standing before us in the form of inflation, unemployment, corruption, terrorism and communalism.