People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 06, 2004
Set For Modi Exit With ĎHonourí
cat is finally out of the bag, that the BJPís mascot Narendra Modi is
autocratic, arrogant and inflicted immense harassment on the farmers. These are
not the comments of those whom the BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders have long
dubbed as Ďpseudo secularistsí, but the words used by the partyís
legislators who now want Modi to be ousted.
chief minister, who had led the BJP to a two-thirds majority in the state
assembly by generating an aggressive Hindutva wave in 2002, is himself facing
the heat from his partymen following the drubbing the party suffered in the
recent Lok Sabha elections.
the discontentment among the BJP legislators was growing for quite some time,
the boiling point came when nearly 70 of the partyís 128 MLAs assembled at a
farm house last week ostensibly to attend the 75th birthday celebrations of
partyís senior leader Dr A K Patel, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat.
BJP high command, which had been wishing away any dissidence against Modi, tried
to underplay the gathering at the birthday bash by calling it only a social
event where only one MLA vented his anger against the chief ministerís
autocratic style of functioning. The former deputy minister Purshottam Solanki,
a former TADA detainee based in Mumbai, told the television channels on record
that Modi was like Hitler in his style of functioning.
who was brought into the BJP in 1998, to stop the erosion of backward Koli vote
bank, was made to withdraw his statement and apologise but the party failed to
put a cap on the dissidence.
party MLAs who attended Dr A K Patelís birthday party have raised objections
to the way Modi had tried to sabotage the gathering by discouraging them from
attending it. The dissident sources have since revealed that the chief minister
used several methods to dissuade the MLAs from going to the birthday party which
finally became the focal point for anti-Modi activities, especially with more
than conspicuous presence of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel who had been
licking his wounds ever since he was ousted by Modi at behest of the party high
command in September 2001.
a brief power cut at the birthday venue that night is being attributed to
Modiís dubious ways of settling scores with the voice of dissent even within
BJP legislators had the real taste of Modiís arrogance when a dissident MLA
was not even allowed to speak at the partyís legislature party meeting.
Instead, Modiís supporters had instantly called off the meeting even as many
other detractors of the chief minister insisted that the voice of dissent should
at least be heard.
the dissidence has come to the fore openly only after the dissident MLA was
shouted down at the legislature party meet, Modiís bete noire Keshubhai
Patel was waiting in the wings for this opportunity for quite some time.
to the Patel camp, the BJPís rout in the Lok Sabha polls can be directly
attributed to the incidents of torture and humiliation of farmers who were
agitating against the power tariff hike in the farm sector. Precisely for this
reason the farmersí ire was turned against the BJP with even the Sangh Parivar
constituent Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) not coming to rescue the party in the
polls, an analyst owing allegiance to Keshubhai has said.
Modiís showmanship in spending crores of rupees on traditional festivals did
not go down well with the rural people, his arrogance in dealing with the
government employees in the state and also the excessive use of foul language
over Sonia Gandhiís foreign origin issue have alienated many sections of the
people, the analyst said.
is not that any one among the BJP leadership in Gujarat or Delhi may be unaware
of these factors that led to the partyís near rout in the recent Lok Sabha
polls, but the party high command only seems to be buying time for an opportune
moment to shift Modi out of Gujarat in a manner that does not look ignominious
to the rightist forcesí Hindutva icon. Having heard almost all the state
leaders on the issues revolving around Modiís conduct, the party high command
is reportedly busy in arranging a suitable slot where the mascot of aggressive
Hindutva can be Ďhonourablyí accommodated. (INN)