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Golden Age Of BJP

Golden Age

After the election of Venkaiya Naidu as the Vice President of India all the three top Constitutional posts will be held by Sangh parivaar. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first RSS backed man to hold the post of Prime Minister. When he was Prime Minister, Bhairon Singh Shekhwat of BJP was chosen for the post of Vice President of India, but the top Constitutional post President was still alluding BJP and its mentor RSS.

When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM, Presidential election took place in 2002. BJP was the single largest party in Lok Sabha and was heading a coalition government made from 24 parties. In spite of being in power, it did not have the number to make its choice as the President. It had to depend upon the support of non- NDA parties to make its choice win the election. That is why: it chose APJ Abdul Kalam its candidate. Dr. Kalam had backing of SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav as well.

NDA government of Vajpayee tried to make Kalam as a consensus candidate. Because of broader acceptability of Dr. Kalam, he got the support of most of the parties and won the election with handsome margin defeating the candidate fielded by left parties. Though, Dr. Kalam was handpicked by NDA government, he was not a BJP man and had nothing to with RSS background.

But things have changed drastically now. Apart from Prime Minister and Vice President elect, the President of India is also of RSS ideology .Even the fourth top politico- constitutional post, i.e. the post of Speaker of the Lok Sabha is also held by a BJP woman. In this way we see complete domination of BJP on Indian politics. Not only its dominance on Central government, is it in power in most of the state governments as well.

BJP is in power with its record breaking majority in the most populous state of India, i.e., Uttar Pradesh. The second most populous state of India is Maharashtra. BJP is also governing there in alliance with Shiva Sena as its junior partner. Bihar is the third largest state of the country in terms of population. BJP is also ruling there. Though, it is a junior partner there, but CM Nitish Kumar has to dance on the tune of BJP, because a snap poll will seize the political fate of Nitish Kumar, if he goes against the wishes of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Apart from the three most populous states, BJP is ruling many other states either on its own or with some minor partners.

It is really a golden age for BJP in India. In 1984 Lok Sabha election, it had won just two seats and its most popular leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee had to byte dust in the election. Just in the span of 30 years it has risen from nowhere to rise in the Indian political horizon dominating the scene completely.

How was it made possible? Is it the victory of ideology of BJP and RSS or is there something else? BJP is identified as an organization, which carries the ideology of Hindutva? Even the term Hindutva is not very explicit. RSS ideologue Guru Golwalker had defined it in his books, but it has undergone a lot of change since then. There was a time, when RSS ideology definedainst tricolor flag and wanted the saffron flag to be the National Flag. Now it has reconciled with our National flag.

RSS ideology was also against the Constitution, when it was being written, but now the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also believes in RSS ideology, now considers Indian Constitution its religious book and express pride that he was Prime Minister because of this Constitution, which has given universal adult franchise to Indian citizens.

In fact, the golden age of BJP is not due the ideology enshrined in the works of Guru Golwalkar, but it is because of the decay in Congress, which has lost connects with the ground politics of India. Congress has become a party without a leader and Narendra Modi has emerged as a leader in his own right. He has taken full advantage of the void, which has been created by the failures of Congress and also some non- Congress regional parties, which had been reduced as pocket parties of some family promoting leaders.

– Contributed by Kriti

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