(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 16, 2013
RSS Accords Modi Its Full Backing
THE BJP National
Executive meeting in
aggressive Hindutva ideology of the BJP/RSS combine.
While the BJP always functions as the political arm of the RSS, ever since its defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, there has been a churning in the BJP leadership and the steady increase in the grip of the RSS over the party. The second defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections saw the displacement of Advani as the main leader and the intensification of the tussle for the leadership. The appointment of Nitin Gadkari as BJP president illustrated the increased role of the RSS in the organisation. The emphasis was on falling back on the hardcore Hindutva agenda as advocated by the RSS. This trend militated against the objective need to widen the BJP-led alliance to achieve electoral success. The NDA has got reduced over the years with just three parties remaining with the BJP --- JD(U), Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal. It was this electoral imperative of having a broader alliance to achieve the formation of a government that L K Advani utilised to try and block the ascendancy of Narendra Modi. It was argued that Modi being at the helm will only thwart the appeal of the BJP for potential allies.
The rise of
Narendra Modi as the
leader for the election battle also symbolises what the BJP
stands for today ---
an unalloyed communal agenda combined with advocacy of
corporate and big
business interests. Narendra Modi, as the chief minister of
over the worst pogrom against Muslims in independent
L K Advaniís symbolic protest resignation from the leadership positions lasted 24 hours. The RSS chiefís diktat settled the issue. But it did bring out the conflicts and contradictions into the open. The progenitor of the Hindutvaís political agenda is at odds with the upstart who seeks to usurp the formerís position. There is the conflict between the RSS and its swayamsewak par excellence that Advani personified till 2005. There is also the contradiction within the NDA --- between the BJP and the JD(U) --- on the question of Modi. If the JD(U) finally quits the NDA, it will become an alliance of three parties which share a common communal outlook --- the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal.
Despite Advaniís protest, the BJP is set on a course of transition of leadership. In class terms the backing of the big bourgeoisie and in political terms the backing of the RSS will ensure the leadership of Modi. The JD(U) which came out against this prospect will have to decide soon whether it can remain with this new dispensation. For the Left and democratic forces, the task is clear-cut --- apart from fighting the Congress policies, all efforts must be concentrated to defeat the Modi-led BJP in the coming days.