After so many meetings, consultations and deliberations the BJP finally decides to back Sri P.A.Sangma for the highest office of the country. Though this was a delayed decision from BJP nevertheless a good one given that it did not have a candidate of its own or from the NDA it represents. The constituents of NDA are not with BJP on this per expectations. The JDU and Shiv Sena have decided to back the congress nominee Pranab Mukherjee. This decision by JDU and SS, in my honest opinion is a blessing in disguise for the BJP.
Over the last few days the JDU has been making lots of noise via Delhi media on why it will never back the NDA if Narendra Modi was the prime minister candidate in 2014. Though it is very premature to talk of who will be the prime minister of NDA in 2014, it still is a very significant statement coming from the JDU camp. Mr.Nitish Kumar has been harboring PM ambitions is a well known fact and his man Friday N.K.Singh is working very hard towards this goal. Nitish also knows that his ambition can be fulfilled only if there is a 3rd front scenario in 2014. He can never be a PM in a NDA coalition is a foregone conclusion. Which could be the reason why he is using small time leaders like Shivanand Tiwary to make noise in the media. The Shiv Sena on the other hand has been with BJP for quite some time now but has never added any value nationally or in Maharashtra where it exists. In 2007 too the SS went with congress supporting the incumbent Pratibha Patil candidature on the Marathi Manoos platform. This time their support for Pranab Mukherjee once again exposes the dubious nature of this ally. Also not to forget the BJP with ally SS lost three consecutive assembly polls in Maharashtra to the congress/NCP combine.
For NDA to form a government in Delhi in 2014 the BJP has to get 150 to 175+ seats. None of the current allies in BJP can get more than 25 to 30 seats, that too if they perform really well. If this the state of the alliance then I dont understand why should BJP stake its reputation on national issues in the name of NDA. The BJP does not have the luxury of the congress which can form a government in the center even if they get 125+ seats because of the kind of communal minority appeasement partners it has. Given this background the BJP should concentrate on what is important for the party and not in the interest of NDA going forward. All the allies who are with BJP now, came together only when BJP was elected the single largest party in terms of seats and not because they share a common ideology. If the alliance partners do not hesitate to take decisions depending on their regional/party interests then why should BJP be concerned about such an alliance. The party cadres and sympathizer are disappointed when some important decisions are put aside because of NDA compulsions when the other constituent’s don’t reciprocate similarly.
The presidential elections have exposed the vulnerability of the NDA again and the party needs to get its act together now. Its time for BJP to concentrate on what is good for the party and what will make the party win those 175+ seats than keep bothering about NDA. Once BJP gets 175+ seats the allies will fall in place automatically. Though very belated the BJP has taken the right decision to back Mr.Sangma and thereby ensuring an electoral battle for the presidency. This is an opportunity that must be used to convince the anti congress sentiments that is very strong and evident now in the country. The NDA is no more a priority for the BJP in its run upto the 2014 general elections. The secular bogey played by the congress and its opportunistic allies is because they know for sure that they cannot with stand to fight the Narendra Modi candidature for 2014 elections. He has clearly emerged as the most sought after candidate for 2014 and there is no one from either congress or any other party to stand upto him.
The voters in India are looking for some good governance and most importantly reforms, to take the country forward. They are looking at BJP as an alternative and not the NDA per say. I wish and hope that the party understand this ground reality and moves forward.