Monday, November 30, 2015

Inorganic growth isn't working

The BJP's massive defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections, where the Prime Minister invested a shocking amount of time and political capital, calls for a major re-look at the top-heavy electoral machine that Amit Shah has converted the BJP into, in complete contrast to the Vajpayee days when the BJP was essentially a coalition of RSS-allied leaders from states who enjoyed very strong power in their state but were not really national leaders - until Narendra Modi made history in 2014.

Modi-Shah seem to be more impatient though, wanting to force through a Rajya Sabha majority to break the last shackle that the BJP government faces in the legislative domain. There is nothing wrong with this: any party seeks political power, it is by the very nature of democracy. Neither is there anything wrong with an inorganic growth strategy, wherein the PM is the key man even at the state level, even as the actual local party is in a poor shape. It worked in Jharkhand and Haryana, and even in Jammu. But it clearly met its limits in Bihar.

For now, Amit Shah will have to look for good old organic growth, investing time in local leadership, even if one of them might one day grow to challenge Modi himself. The worst thing that the BJP can do to itself right now is to become like Indira Gandhi's Congress, for that would be a disservice to all those who voted for it and believe in it. The road to a full Rajya Sabha majority will be hard and long, and it won't be a blitzkrieg like the Lok Sabha, but it can be done, and must be done, for the future of the nation is at stake.  

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