The Jinnah Jinx has hit the BJP once again. First L.K. Advani found himself very nearly ostracised from the saffron brotherhood for comments he made during a visit to Pakistan. Now, former defence and finance minister Jaswant Singh has been expelled from the party for his comments on Jinnah.
Is the BJP right in expelling Singh? Or is this just a smokescreen to take attention away from the deliberations of the chintan baithak? Is the expulsion of Singh a sign of a democratic party that believes in “debate”?
With Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha not invited to the introspection in Shimla because of their criticism of the leadership, with Vasundhara Raje Scindia being asked to resign for the poll defeat (while Advani and Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley stay on), with various state units pulling in different directions, with the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat issuing grand pronouncements on the way forward, is the BJP in total disarray?