By withdrawing his resignation — which he submitted a day ago — from all posts of the Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani, has, like any other politician, made a fool of people. I thought the ‘Bhishma Pitamaha’ had the guts to stick to his guns. I feel sorry for him and all Indians, including me.
A compromise formula, which may lead to an uneasy truce between the two warring factions of the BJP, appears to have been worked out. However, the controversy created by Mr. Advani’s resignation must have left a severe dent in the minds of even the die-hard supporters of the saffron brigade. The BJP’s committed voters, I am sure, must be having second thoughts about voting for a party with such factional fights.
Resignation is a tool Mr. Advani has used even earlier to express dissent. On Monday, he resigned for the third time. In 2005, he resigned as BJP president after he was criticised by the RSS and his own party for praising Jinnah during his trip to Pakistan. He will soon come around to the idea of Mr. Modi becoming the BJP’s face in 2014.
Ragavendhiran C. Murugesan,
One would have expected Mr. Advani to be more magnanimous. The old order has to change — it is the law of nature.
Like it or not, Narendra Modi has come to represent efficiency and non-corrupt governance in the minds of the younger generation.
Many BJP cadres may want Mr. Modi to become Prime Minister. There can be no objection to their desire. But Mr. Advani has spent decades fostering the BJP, through its ups and downs. Displeasing him to elevate Mr. Modi as the party’s election campaign chief was indeed a bad move.
The BJP’s decision and Mr. Advani’s reaction to it have sent out a bad message.
Politicians believe they are indestructible. Let me assure Mr. Advani that the causes which defeated the BJP in the last two general elections will inflict another defeat on the party under Mr. Modi in 2014.
M. Riaz Hasan,