The Modi File!
Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in western India, has been known as the architect of the Gujarat development model reportedly achieving 11 per cent yearly growth rate—highest in India and far above the national growth rate. He had been recently praised by the US too for his work.
On the flip side Modi has also been notorious for his allegedly communal role during Gujarat riots of 2002. At the moment too he is locked in a fight with a top cop of his state who supposedly holds crucial information relating to the communal riots.
He belongs to India’s main national opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has been recognized as the most powerful leader of the party eligible to become the next Prime Minister. The US praise made Modi consider his options seriously.
In an effort to do away with the past and to establish himself firmly on the national platform, Narendra Modi embarked on a three-day fast for communal harmony little more than a month ago. As an intelligent and aggressive mass leader he clearly understood that presently fasting was the best medium to capture maximum public and media attention. But the Modi file got ironically stuck within the BJP itself.
Top BJP leaders including earlier party President L K Advani came for Modi’s fast and praised him lavishly. But as a rude anti-climax Advani announced that he would re-launch his Journey on Chariot across India soon for goodwill.
This righteously angered Modi. Advani was almost replaced as the party president in 2010 and he was believed to have retired from active politics. Now, this campaign made the senior most BJP leader a natural Prime Ministerial candidate. Modi boycotted the next party convention.
A prominent former BJP Chief Minister lodged in jail notwithstanding Advani has been moving across the country still attacking Congress and corruption, though in clear discomfort. Media has only been asking him about his Prime Ministerial aspirations. Meantime Modi had again held a one-day fast to reassert his candidature.
With the ruling coalition at the lowest point of popularity due to a series of huge scams and the national fight against corruption, prospective Prime Ministerial candidates are bound to mushroom. And, with general elections of India nearly three years away a lot of files may go missing!
Internal, external, hidden and abysmal politics are the order of the day!