Posts Tagged ‘M.G. Vaidya’

POLL: Has RSS shown Narendra Modi his place?

12 November 2012

The RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya has kicked off a big storm in the BJP teacup ahead of the Gujarat elections, by alleging that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was behind the recent campaign of vilification against the party president Nitin Gadkari, which culminated in a demand for Gadkari’s removal from the post by the renowned lawyer and BJP member of Parliament, Ram Jethmalani, and his lawyer-son Mahesh Jethmalani.

On his blog, Vaidya writes:

“Needle of suspicion in the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari points to Gujarat BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Ram Jethmalani had in one breath said he is seeking the resignation of Gadkari and that he also wanted to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister in 2014.”

In many ways, what Vaidya says is not particularly new; Modi’s alleged involvement (and of his lackeys) in hurling allegations at Gadkari over his business dealings through the media has been gossip in the political corridors and television studios in Delhi for days now. After all, Jethmalani senior (who represents the former minister of state for home, Amit Shah, in the encounter cases) was given a Rajya Sabha seat at the behest of Modi.

But the backroom buzz has been given a certificate of authenticity with Vaidya putting it on record and then reiterating it, although the BJP has been at pains to reject the insinuation. However, since nothing in the RSS happens without a pattern, Vaidya going public with his allegation at this juncture poses several questions:

Is the RSS conveying its displeasure of Modi’s tactics and his overweening ambition to occupy the national stage? Was Gadkari retained as BJP chief last week (after another RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy gave a clean chit) largely to show Modi his place? Did Modi mount a subversive attack on Gadkari in the full knowledge that if Gadkari finished his first term or got a second term (as the party’s consitution now allows), he could prove a hurdle in his path given the backing he enjoys from the RSS?

More importantly, does Modi’s ascension look less assured even if he wins a third term, as he is slated to? And, if he is rebuffed in his prime ministerial ambitions should NDA get a majority, could Modi (as B.S. Yediyurappa aide and the president of his soon-to-be-formed party, Dhananjay Kumar, has said on TV) break away and form his own party as Yediyurappa is threatening to do?

And, does the recent turn of events indicate the kind of polarising figure Narendra Modi will be if he graduates to Delhi?


Cartoon: courtesy R. Prasad/ Mail Today

What if the BJP had actually won the 2009 polls?

15 June 2009


The BJP’s poor showing in the 2009 elections after all the televised thigh-slapping, moustache-twirling, eyeball-flaring and chest-thumping has seen senior functionaries and factotums of the party wash their khaki cheddis in public.

Clearly much of this is post-facto rationalisation on the part of the “dissenters”, intended at positioning themselves, undercutting potential rivals, and carving out their own turf before the change of guard at the top, i.e. Lalchand Kishinchand Advani‘s exit.

In other words, rank opportunism.

But what if the BJP had won the elections and the NDA had formed the government? What tunes would these wise old men have been humming?


# “There is a growing tendency among party leaders becoming too self-centered to serve the public cause,” says former defence minister Jaswant Singh.

# “It appears as if some people in the party are determined to ensure that the principle of accountability does not prevail so that their own little perch is not disturbed,” says former finance ministerYashwant Sinha.

# “Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul made an essentially weak Prime Minister like Dr Manmohan Singh look strong by backing him solidly. In contrast, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar made a strong leader like Advani look weak, helpless and not fully in command,” says Advani aide Sudheendra Kulkarni.

# “BJP hasn’t been able to impress on peoples’ mind the purport of Hindutva because they found it narrow-minded or did not find it useful in ascending the throne of power” says RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya.

# “Varun Gandhi’s speech in Pilibhit caused the greatest amount of damage to BJP,” says former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra.

Cartoon: courtesy E.P. Unny/ The Indian Express

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CHURUMURI POLL: Prime Minister Abdul Kalam?

17 June 2008

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Kalam is making news. Last month, the former president urged the BJP, which pitchforked him into Rashtrapati Bhavan, to go along with the Indo-US nuclear bill since “it does not compromise India’s sovereignty”. Last week, the UPA government shot down a request by the “People’s President” to be provided with a plane to help him jet around to his various engagements at public expense, stating he was not entitled to it and that it would set an improper precedent.

And now, a cover story by Seema Mustafa in M.J. Akbar‘s new fortnightly magazine Covert suggests that the 76-year-old celibate, vegetarian, teetotaller Muslim who recites the Thirukkural and plays the veena, may be quietly mending his fences with the Congress and UPA by supporting the N-deal for a “political future” and seeking to work as a mediator between the Congress and the opposition. In other words, with elections round the corner, Kalam may be positioning himself to test the political waters.

Seema Mustafa writes that the proposal of a “national government”, first mooted during the fag end of Kalam’s stint, may be revived once again. Can a Congress-BJP coalition, now being assiduously mooted by the RSS leader M.G. Vaidya find favour? Will Kalam find favour of Sonia Gandhi and L.K. Advani? is Kalam a better bet than Advani and whoever the Congress throws up? Will politician Kalam be as acceptable as President Kalam? Or will the nationalist missile technologist end up being exposed as “The Secret Politician”?

Photograph: courtesy Rashtrapati Bhavan