New Delhi: Verdict 2009: Jaswant Questions BJP Leadership


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New Delhi, Jun 11: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh has called for making it a "current party" and admitted that it had failed to 
effectively convey its message to the masses, leading to its election debacle.

"There is a need for ideological distillation of thought. The BJP has to be a current party. It can't be a party of yesterday. I think there's lack of clarity on what Hindutva means," the former central minister told a news channel in an interview on Wednesday.

"We had to reflect what we are trying to address ourselves to come back to the issue that the party must be current, that it addresses today as well as tomorrow and doesn't continue to be living in yesterday," he said, reflecting on the Lok Sabha election results.

Asked if the BJP was "living in yesterday", the newly-elected Lok Sabha MP said: "Perhaps people didn't perceive but we didn't succeed effectively in conveying what we were trying to do. Failure in conveying (our) message... ended up with diminished electoral support."

In a two-page letter written in Hindi, which was circulated at a meeting of senior BJP leaders, Jaswant Singh has questioned the party's new leadership structure.

"What did we do in 2004 and now? Have we fixed responsibility?", asked the former central minister. BJP leader Avani asked Jaswant Singh to take back the letter, saying all issues would be addressed.

At a meeting of senior BJP leaders on Monday, the issue of fixing responsibility and carrying out a thorough post-mortem was raised forcefully by former minister Arun Shourie who pointed out that BJP's scale of defeat could not be wished away. It presented some tough and searching questions that needed answers if the BJP was to chart its future course. Leader of Opposition L K Advani supported Shourie's demand.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, who has shown no appetite for any sort of soul searching, said a "samiksha (assessment)" could be carried out if necessary. When it was argued that this could hardly be avoidable, he said that a small committee of three had been tasked to speak to state units and gather inputs on what had gone wrong. He is understood to have justified the secrecy as being necessary to thwart factional viewpoints.

This led to the obvious counter-point that if leaders did not know who comprised this committee how could they offer any views to begin with. Some leaders like Arun Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha and Sudheendra Kulkarni had written or spoken of what they felt to be the factors that went against the BJP but this did not mean that nothing more was required. It was pointed out that a report on the loss in Rajasthan's assembly poll last year had been commissioned but nothing was heard of it. State unit of Uttar Pradesh has not bothered to go into the reasons of its continuing slide.

Advani, in discussions with party colleagues after the poll result, had backed suggestions that a thorough de-construction of the campaign and the reasons for its failure needed to be gone through. But so far, the official faction has shown no interest in doing so while there are strong suggestions Singh may want to stay on as party chief.

It was also argued that asking state units for their views was hardly useful beyond a point as the campaign was run from national headquarters of the party which also funded it. The introspection needed to be carried out by the central party to examine various factors — why BJP did not connect with the youth, lost in urban centres or came across as stentorian and divisive.

Sources said such a discussion would have an important bearing on how BJP moved ahead but Singh had apparently, at an earlier meeting, offered a fairly simplistic explanation for the defeat. He said the BJP's 2004 tally was 138 and it expected 22 more seats to take it to 160. But the opposite had happened and BJP slid to 116. He also argued that party needed to move ahead and focus on coming challenges, for instance Maharashtra polls.

The BJP's ostrich-like attitude at a time when CPM and even regional outfits like RJD were preparing to introspect in depth has surprised some of its leaders. They point out that the situation was more dire than in 2004 when it was felt that UPA was an unstable structure. Even then there had been no real stock-taking with the then leadership throwing up red herrings like "back to basics" at its meeting in Mumbai. 

  

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  • Shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Sat, Jun 13 2009

    Mr Guru Baliga, you are talking about Pre Independance era and I was talking about post Independant ear. For your information RSS supported the British rule and they didnt fight against it. Your mentor organisations too supported the devision and founder of RSS termed Indian christians and muslims are enemies of and threat to India.

    So they gave birth to BJP to implement their political will and started the devision by demolishing babri masjid, chruches and prayer halls. I am sad that you forgot your own country''s history. Could you please give me one name of then RSS activist/member who fought british raj and went to jail? If you take a microscope, you wont find it. Because history cant be re written to your tones.

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  • The Guru Baliga, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 12 2009

    Mr shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi India was devided and ruled at the time of british, India got independence after deviding the country and it was purely on basis of religion. I dont think BJP was even there at that time, So people were devided on the basis of religion by congress just to rule the country.. If you dont agree to this then i dont think you know indian history.. Again if you speak about minority and majority it will surely prove that you are one among those people who devided the country on the grounds of religion

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Mr Sam, Bangalore. I have to brush aside your observations. What a misinformation and disinformation. You people continue to misguide general public by unfounded lies. You have given a very vague answer. To me its your BJP/RSS has devided us Indians on communual lines. Eversince BJP took birth, India has seen communual flare ups in every part of India. Secondly CM of karnataka is an elected representative holding a very responsible public office. He cant act as a representative of a particular section of a particular community. He cant divert government funds to temples and dargas. FYI these temples and dargas are very much self sufficient and generating record amount of funds. There is no scarcity of funds. Since its tax free and devotees money, which comes to them without any hardwork, we can see and hear about litigations and disputes over the management of these temples and dargahs. Why Udupi Sri Krishna temple is against Mujrai Committee? Why there is a dispute in the management of Gokarnath Temple? Why there is dispute in Ullal Dargah Committee? Its all money. Mr Yeddi can donate all his personal wealth in his individual capacity as a devotee to any temple of his choice. No body would raise eye brows on him. Mr Janardhana Reddy, the mining tycoon from Karnataka has donated diamond crown worth Rs 45 cores to Tirumale Thimappa. Thats his personal wealth and personal choice. Good luck to him. In that he diverted karnataka earnings to his native state, instead he could have donated the wealth to Sri Manjunath Swami of Dharmastala. But he preferred his native state over karnataka. The government fund is not CM''s personal wealth, its tax payers money and he has to spend this amount on development, infrastructure, on eradication of poverty. What did this CM did for D''souza family who tried to committ suicide because of poverty. Nothing, just because they are from minorities. All the trustees of these temples/dargahs invest these funds in benami investments and become rich and this richness is passed on to generations to come. I hope you are enlightened now.

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  • The Guru Baliga, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Mr Charles D''''Mello, Pangala, Hindutva is understood as a way of life, the life which you and ur friends live is called Hindutva. Hindutva is nothing but being a indian first, Hindutva is not only for hindus but for all religions.

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  • Vasanth, Jeddha/Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    We accuse Austrlia as a Rascist country. People have realized that BJP has practiced worst rascist ideology preaching hate towards other religions.BJP will break unless they stop hating other religions. WHERE IS NAGESH NAYAK OF BANGALORE NOW? HAS HE GONE UNDERGROUND FEARING TROUBLE. LET HIM COME OPEN AND ACCEPT DEFEAT OF HIS IDEAS.

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  • Rayyan Ali, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Good coments from Mr. Kukkikatte. We want to raise BJP as a strong national political party rather than a community backed by RSS party.

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  • sam, Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    MR Kukkikatte,Who devided the nation in the name of religion ?Hope you know the answer. For your kind information, Even TEMPLE HUNDI HANA is used for welfare of other communities.Even BJP government is providing good support for the other community.

    Then whats wrong in providing money to temples and Mutts? Atleast one government is infront of us supprting Hindu community.Even we have seen many cunny hindu political party leaders who visited Darga and masjid and nobody questioned about it.Because we know what they are upto.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore/Ajman

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    We are wasting time, money and energy commeting on these kind of people. All political parties should be fumigated as we fumigate our house.

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  • Santhosh Bhandary, Surathkal/Dubai

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    I agree fully with Mr.shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi. BJP thought and acted as if India was its private property and treated muslims and christians as enemies or aliens. They also promised temple construction instead of economic progress.

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  • Ashu, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Now BJP is having only agenda to Build Babri Masjid in Ayodhya then all communities will support BJP

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  • Dr. Haneef Shabab, Bhatkal

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Its so nice to here some real facts about the BJP''s defeat in Election from a senoir leader like Mr Jaswant Singh, who in the past had the previledge to travel along and escort a "India''s Most Wanted Terrorist" upto Qandhar. Anyway, Mr. Jaswant Singh, your analysis and introspection is of no use becoz Mr. Advani missed the Prime ministership and its forever. Now if the Party continues to projects Mr. Modi, His fate will not be diferent in anyway...Waiting.Waiting...and.....WAITING!

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  • PHILIP, udupi

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Dear BJP, The gift from people of india.Do not go to spoil/Destroy any ones house/Society.Now BJP itself going to break in pieces.If BJP leaders are Lectures consider normal people are professors.TIT FOR TAT.Bharat Jalao Party

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  • rama, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    First teach your party members including DVS Sadananda and Navin Kumar Kateel. Teach them real meaning of religion and Hindutva.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    I think every citizen has analysed the debacle of BJP. For me, firstly projecting LK Advani as PM in waiting and protraying as Loh and Vikas Purush is the main reason when he was actually a "Shani Purush" as he is mainly responsible for the communual devide in India. Secondly projecting Narendra Modi as PM candidate of 2014 also contributed for their defeat. BJP''s support for hate speeches of Varun Gandhi and others also made them to bite the dust. Secondly Lord RAMA too disowned Advani as he cheated RAM for personal political gains and diverted mandir donations to party funds. BJP''s ideology of promoting manuvad has costed them.

    As long as BJP lives in the shadow of RSS, it will not be victorious. BJP on its own does not have any identity. It must distance itself from RSS and start respecting Indian constitution. Give up outdated ideologies based on epics and look forward on ideologies based on reasoning, scientific facts. Must focus on the modern day issues and issues that benefit average citizen of India. BJP by its association and submission to RSS ideologies has built its own coffin and very soon it shall hit the last nail on its own coffin. Please see what is happening in Karnataka. The CM is busy in pleasing manuvadis and visiting temples and allocating funds for brahmin run organisations. He forgot that he is the CM of a state, rather he acts as representative of one section of hindu population and he does not have time to give good governance to the state.

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  • Francis, Moodabidri/Dubai

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Jhor ka jatka deere se lagah..... hai ander ki baath hai bhai.....deere se bahar aaya !!

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  • george, mlore

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    You have conveyed your message very well, so the whole nation rejected. Better close your party and take rest forever.

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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Mr. Jaswanth Singhjee... Let everybody know what Hindutva means... If you guys do not know, then how can you expect common people to know!!!! I have lived and worked my entire life with Hindus and I have never seen a Hindu who is living a different life, than I live..!!!!! What they do at home and what they cook and eat at home is none of my business or rather society's business. In the society I have not seen a Hindu leading a different life than a Christian or Muslim. Has anybody seen..????? In the society people of all religions have the same responsibility if they have to survive. If not they will perish.

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  • SANTHOSH, PERLA/DUBAI

    Thu, Jun 11 2009

    Mr Jaswant Singhs observation is cent percent correct. But its to wait & see how the BJP will take his observation & how will they change their yesterday's idealogy...

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