The prime ministerial candidate of the BJP is turning every stone to ensure that the party fetches the requisite numbers. We can witness Narendra Modi moving from one state to the other so as to interact with the locals. Something, however, doesn’t seem to be favoring. News channels and news dailies are packed with frequently arising concerns related to the distribution of Lok Sabha tickets within the BJP. Though, absolute contentment of supporters and leaders can never be achieved while declaring candidature, the case with BJP predicts a serious concern. Bollywood actor and close to Modi, Paresh Rawal was preferred over 7-times Member of Parliament, Harin Pathak. It has been acclaimed that this MP from Ahmedabad East and another leader from Bhavnagar, Rajendrasinh Rana have been rejected ticket with a view to close timeworn chapters, without taking note of their credibility and contribution. A newer version of the BJP is ready to supersede. The question is, ‘Is the older version really outdated and cannot anymore convince the voters?’
Be it the controversy of senor most leaders including L K Advani and Jaswant Singh, or the vacating of seats by Murli Manohar Joshi and Lalji Tandon for the so-called youth-brigade, the inner environment of the party poses stringent concerns. While the beginning saw events like declaration of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, immense support from distinct parts of the nation for Modi, and clear majority to the NDA alliance in pre-poll surveys, the end is not promising. Definitely, the BJP needs much more sturdy and appreciative measures to call in voters for support. Plus, the vague threat posed by the newly emerged AAP also needs to be addressed. The list of offences within the BJP is endless. Protests by party workers on the occasion of declaration of candidatures for UP; concerns raised by a leader from Bihar, Giriraj Singh; agitation of supporters of Surya Pratap Shahi over the declaration of Kalraj Mishra from Deoria; replacement of Lalmuni Chowbe by Ashwini Chowbe in Baksar; and last minute finalization of out-station candidates add to the worries of the party as well as Modi. The prime ministerial candidate must also comprehend that in case of requisite numbers falling short of 200, the alliances may favor another BJP leader for the post of PM.
It is considerable to note that the general public that viewed BJP as a changed political entity with lesser inner conflicts is distressed to notice the last minute disturbances. Not only the contesting parties fetching positive waves from such disorders, Modi must take note of the fact that anything less than majority could bother his candidature too. Alliance with Ramvilas Paswan in Bihar though was a move to attract backward class of voters, not much profit seems to occur. Adding to the chaos was the incoming of Ramkripal Yadav, former leader of RJD; declaration of corrupt faces as party representatives; and giving away of tickets to migrants from other political groups. The circumstances that once looked favoring BJP and Modi are not the same. The prediction of just 2 seats to JD (U) and rest to BJP in Bihar has changed to 7 seats to JD (U). Sooner the issues are sorted out, lesser is the damage caused. Senior members must be paid relevant heed to and their contributions must be appreciated. Plus, the pulse of the voters must be recognized and appropriate candidates must be given the opportunity to represent the party. Out-station candidates must be restricted to minimum and local party representatives should be encouraged.