BJP, Sack Advani or Perish
(Editorial in Hindu Voice, June 2013)
The Karnataka election results have come as a rude shock for all Nationalists. The people of Karnataka have not only given a clear majority to the corrupt Congress, but have given a good thrashing for the BJP.
In recent months, the BJP has been losing one state after another. After Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh, it has now lost its only bastion in the South.
Unfortunately no head is rolling for this humiliating defeat. In fact, the people responsible for the defeat are the ones who are analysing the defeat. Naturally, they will try and hide their faults and pass on the bucks to others.
The entire blame for the state of affairs in BJP, including for the defeat in Karnataka, must fall on Mr. L.K. Advani. His ambition to become the Prime Minister, echoed now and then by his cronies, is costing the party (and the nation too) heavily. Unless Mr. Advani is sacked by the BJP, there is no hope for the party in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
His statement that people are disillusioned with both the Congress and the BJP is to confuse the people and to hide his misdeeds. People are not disillusioned with the BJP, but definitely with him as the captain of the party. The captain is admitting defeat before the war begins? He is trying to demoralise the otherwise enthusiastic party workers. With such a captain, can the war be won?
His recent blog that the Karnataka results were not surprising is a cunning way to escape from responsibility. He is trying to neutralise the effect of the defeat which is of his own doing. In Karnataka, Mr. Yeddyurappa should have been reinstated as the CM, once the High Court cleared him. But Mr. Advani wanted to force his yes-man, Ananth Kumar, as the CM of Karnataka, against the wishes of the people. It is the arrogant and vengeance attitude of Mr. Advani against Yeddyurappa that cost Karnataka.
No doubt Advani revived BJP and brought it to the centre stage by winning 89 seats in the 1989 parliamentary elections, against the 2 seats it held in 1984. However, for this purpose, he hijacked the Ramjanmabhoomi movement spearheaded by the VHP, by taking out a Rath Yathra. There was neither sincerity of purpose nor commitment to the cause. It was just to exploit Hindu sentiments. And he succeeded in taking the Hindus for a ride. The Hindu wave catapulted BJP to power at the centre in 1998 and again in 1999.
After coming to power on the Hindutva wave, he (& Vajpayee) did nothing for the Hindus. No effort worth the name was made to hand over the Ramjanmabhoomi to Hindus by enacting a law. The reason given was that it was a NDA govt. and not of BJP. What prevented some of the BJP MPs from bringing in a private member bill for this purpose, and in the process letting the government fall, instead of declaring election 6 months in advance in 2004. The fact was that there was no Will in Vajpayee Advani & Co. to respect Hindu sentiments. All they were aiming was to get Nobel Peace Prize, neglecting their constituency and Hindutva.
Even during the 2009 parliamentary elections, Advani put a moratorium on taking up issues concerning Hindus. The arrest of Varun Gandhi by Mayavati for his alleged inflammatory speech (now set aside by the court) came handy for Advani. Thus, in a way, he paved the way for UPA-II.
Mr. Advani has given up Hindutva and has joined the secular gang, to be acceptable to his NDA allies. Reliable sources inform me that he has personally confirmed that without compromising on ideology, it is impossible to attain power. And his recent talks too very much confirm this.
For the release of the Urdu version of his book “My country, My life” Advani invited Rashtriya Sahara editor Aziz Burney, who is a known Hindu hater and who blamed RSS for 26/11.
When Dr. Manmohan Singh said (in Dec. 2006) that minorities should have the first claim on our resources, Mr. Advani, as the opposition leader, should have pounced on the PM for dividing the people on religious line. The PM should have been hauled up before the court for violating the constitution. But Advani acquiesced. This has emboldended the PM to announce many more privileges for the minorities at the cost of Hindus, and even subverting the constitution.
The UPA Govt. has given so many issues on a platter. But the BJP under Advani, refuses to grasp them. Why can’t they learn some lessons from Dr. Subramanian Swamy? Hence one tends to believe the rumour that Sonia is blackmailing Advani.
During his Jan Chetna Yatra in 2011, two more dangerous issues - the Communal Violence Bill and the Interlocutors Report on J&K - were in the public domain. RSS instructed the entire Sangh parivar to educate the people on these matters. But Advani never bothered to talk about these two issues during his Yatra. He talked only about corruption. That shows his ‘commitment’ to National/Hindu causes.
Mr. Advani needs to explain how Delhi, a cosmopolitan city and the citadel of Jan Sangh, slipped out of the hands of BJP. Why did the people of Delhi continuously reject BJP? Who is responsible for this? Even Mumbai, which once gave all six MP seats to BJP, has completely rejected the party. Is it not a rejection of Advani’s captaincy?
Mr. Advani, during his long innings in the BJP, has appointed his yes-men in all important positions. One can oppose him only at his own peril. Look at what has happened to the Treasurer of the Karnataka BJP, Lehar Singh Siroya, who has been sacked for questioning Mr. Advani.
History is repeating. Nehru was blindly supported by congressmen, and he took the nation towards doom. Similarly, Advani is taking the party towards destruction, and sincere party workers are afraid of questioning him.
When a demand was made for his resignation from the post of opposition leader, he cunningly created another post for himself, as Chairman of the Parliamentary Party.
Mr. Advani should remember that he has lost credibility among the people. He is disliked by the people of this nation. Hence he should stop playing partisan politics by instigating his cronies. He should give up his ambition of PMship, and support Narendra Modi as the BJP’s PM candidate. This is in the interest of the party as well as the nation.
Former RSS Chief, late Shri K.C. Sudarshan did advise him to retire, but Advani did not care. There is no one in the BJP today (not even in RSS), who can say this openly due to his seniority, although all do agree. It is therefore incumbent upon all BJP workers and Hindus to revolt against him and demand his sacking, so as to save BJP from further decimation. Otherwise, he will be paving the way for UPA-III and this Hindu Nation will be doomed for ever.
Today, BJP is the only nationalist party which can save the nation from the corrupt and anti-national Congress. But it is imperative that BJP is cleansed of selfish and disgruntled elements - like Advani - first, who are putting self before the party and the nation.