The election bugle has been set off. Karnataka has been to the polls today, almost half the states will be going to the polls in the next 12 month and the general election scheduled in 2014. Poll bytes are everywhere. Of the large numbers of plots and sub-plots in the political jumble, two observations intrigue me the most.
The BJP is apparently in a shameful direction and leadership deficit. Where is Mr. Advani now? No policy statements, no clarity on what BJP would different if it would come to power, who are the potential/visible ministers [are their 50 weighty leaders?]. BJP has been reduced to rhetoric and parliament stalling. With such clueless and insipid response to UPA’s woes BJP’s traditional loyalists are looking for options and fence-sitters do not automatically have BJP in the consideration list. Dangerous situations to be in, in an election year. In addition, the BJP does not seem to be taking any visible initiative in correcting the electoral arithmetic that led to their downfall in the last two elections.
State by state, in a focused manner – your election managers need to get the equations right. Get the alliances where possible, create splinter groups eating into UPA elsewhere. UPA, you have an opportunity in a platter and now what you are doing is just waiting for further magic without any action. The point is made. No point going further. BJP bosses please wake-up. I want to cast my vote for you for the Lok Sabha, give me a chance.
May 5, 2013