There are a lot of people who are perplexed at all this brouhaha over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi becoming BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.
Some wonder why — since we are not in a Presidential style election.
Others are sure that thanks to the polarization, enough people will be drawn away from the BJP that they will in fact lose seats and fall flat in the next general elections.
They are missing the fact that the BJP’s very existence is at stake at the national level. If the BJP suffers a defeat in 2014, then it would be its third successive loss at the general elections and it could well be finished at the national level.
Very few political parties can survive in India after being out of power for 15 years.
Call it the “Curse of the national Opposition” in India and the populace always makes sure that the Congress survives and the Opposition is wiped out.
When we got Independence, the CPI was the national Opposition of India. However, party President BT Randive advocated violence; some people did
take to arms, the party split and never could even dream of getting 100 seats at the Centre let alone come to power on its own.
Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing on second day of Party National Council Meeting in New Delhi on Sunday, March 3, 2012