First Patnaik and then Nitish, the BJP stands almost alienated after most of its allies have preferred to get parted from NDA. The NDA, which was a coalition of almost 27 parties during 13th LokSabha, has reduced to a membership of only 13 parties. In that too the major regional force is only one – Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). BJP was one of the fastest growing party from 1980 to 1998 elections. What happened to the party and are there any chances for its revival?
Bhartiya Jan Sangh was rechristened as Bhartiya Janta Party in a bid to gain new political grounds. The new BJP chose to build its base on three issues as its foundation pillars, unnecessary to be mentioned all were based on Hindutva and Divisive politics. The three issues were Uniform Civil Code(UCC), Ram Mandir and art 370 of the constitution which is related to autonomy of the Jammu and Kashmir state. All issues were framed in a manner that Hindus felt that they were being discriminated.
UCC is nothing but unification of secular laws of a religion like Marriage, adoption, inheritance etc. By Secular laws we mean something which does not form core part of a religion and are more tradition based. Hindus have got a more modern secular law framework in the country but because of opposition of Muslim fundamentalists the government have not been able to do the same for Muslims in the country. But it does not mean that Hindus are being discriminated. The issue was presented in this way by BJP that now its almost impossible to bring UCC which is also one of our constitutional goals enshrined in Directive Principles of State Policy.
Ram Mandir was the corner stone of BJP’s divisive politics. It acted as a fuel in the not so communalised emotions in 1990’s. The home grown Jihadists are direct products of the incident which happened on 6th Dec 1992.
Art 370 was kind of a negotiation between the people of Kashmir and Government of India when Kashmir agreed to join Union of India. Over the time most of the provisions almost stand ineffective because of the multiple restrictions and practically J&K has hardly any automny. But the issue is politicised now buddy, so obviously it can never be resolved.
Coming back to the BJP crisis, BJP based upon those agendas came to power in 1998. But now it was impossible to implement what it has desired for so long. Soon it lost its base and the India Shinned but not the BJP. After Gujrat Pogrom and Orissa killings, most of the allies preferred to walk away. BJP was back to its hindutva agenda after loss in 2004 elections, but it realised after 2009 elections that its not possible to befool people for long. Since then its been trying to change its image. The first step was to reap in Gadkari as president. And there are speeches regarding the development etc. But people know still the roots lie deep down the land of communalism which is a quagmire for BJP. If BJP really wants to convince people that it has changed and it could pose a serious alternative to Congress regime, it would have to fire Modi and Varun Gandhi.
Though Modi is also the modern face of BJP and has brought prosperity in Gujrat but the fact remains that even if you are God, you cannot kill people just because they don’t belong to your religion. Getting rid of him is a bit risky task and BJP might become Dhobi Ka Kutta, but that will not make any difference as the demise has already heralded. The firing of communal elements might give BJP a chance to have a peaceful demise or might act as a shot in the arm.