- Vijay Simha
Whatever happens now in the BJP
, this is where it stops being a party with a difference.
It has broadly three options: pick Narendra Modi
as its leader, choose anyone other than Modi, or opt for a collective set of leaders to guide the party.
If the BJP were to pick Modi, it would have opted for absolutism.
The nature of Modi's personality and work style is such that there's little room for others.
If in doubt, he would rather take a walk and introspect; he would not call colleagues for a discussion.
Therefore, in Modi the BJP would have chosen a form of politics where all authority is vested in one individual.
Since Modi is 62, he could have a run of 20 years if all stays well. Twenty years is long enough to alter the character of the BJP.
The BJP is looking to Modi only because it risks irrelevance if it loses the 2014 General Election.
Modi does not evoke love, goodwill or compassion. He evokes respect and fear.
Thus, the BJP seniors probably think they have a shot at power with Modi at the helm. They may have little or no affection for Modi personally.
Image: Chief Minister of Gujarat State Narendra Modi arrives at a conference on internal security in New Delhi on June 5, 2013. (AFP)