One can be stupid. But one cannot pretend to be stupid yet want to be called clever.
This is what the Narendra Modi government is like today. One the one hand Modi speaks of probity in public life and on the other the party has Sushma and Vasundhara who have become so infamous in the last two weeks that even A.Raja of the DMK appears to be a saint.
Let us face the facts. L.K.Advani was framed in the Hawala case by Narasimha Rao in 1996-97. He resigned on the same day asking to expedite the probe. He never contested elections until he was cleared of charges. Later he became the deputy prime minister under Vajpayee. That is a standard that he set for all politicians in India.
Vasundhara and Sushma, as what we see in the media, are deeply entangled in this Lalit Modi scam. Let us for a moment assume there is nothing in the scam and all activities were done in a bona-fide manner. What does it cost to ask the two ladies to resign, probe the scam and later re-induct them into the ministries once they are acquitted ? Does the government not have enough heads if these two are to be temporarily dropped ?
The RSS, the custodian of morality, is quiet. And that is unbecoming of the 90 year old organization. As also is Narendra Modi.
Justice should not only be done but also appear to be done.
Prevarication, procrastination, intransigence, dilly-dalliance, pusillanimity, inaction, inadequate action, being directionless, playing caste, high handedness, stooping to any level to appease, actual appeasement, brazenness, hippocratic tendencies, blackmail, disrespect to the people – all these are the causes for the BJP’s rout in Karnataka.
Not that this was not expected. Everybody knew this was coming. But none in the BJP wanted to act on it.
The central leadership ( if that existed ) sought to play hide and seek with Yeddyurappa. The rot should have been nipped in the bud. But the leadership was afraid of the caste politics of the Lingayats and Vokkaligas.
Is there no hope for the BJP ? Yes there is.
Shun caste politics. Adopt Modi brand. He never uses his caste ( he is from the backward caste though ). He speaks Governance and Results, growth and progress, economics and industry. But never caste and religion.
So, the way out for the BJP in Karnataka – hand over the party to the RSS. Populate the party with RSS pracharaks and swayamsevaks. Remove the money bags and looters who ever that might be. Well, the party might still lose the next elections without the money bags but the elections after next would be theirs as swayamsevaks never desert and abandon the cause.
But will the BJP listen ? Let them better listen. 2014 is hardly an year away.