warning bells

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Mar 2018 11:17:03

Nakshatra Shattaraka 18H 41M

Moon Kumbha (Rajandekar Panchang)
Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Chaturdashi 18H 15M
Muslim Jamadilakhar 27th Hijree 1439

UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is more than right when he says that the serious electoral setbacks the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has got in UP and Bihar are an outcome of over-confidence of the party, as well as the alliance stitched together by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He has accepted the setbacks as am alarm that must wake the party up to start planning for the next big electoral challenge in 2019 when the country goes for Lok Sabha polls. This is a right attitude for the BJP at this particular juncture. In the past some time, it did suffer a few electoral losses in places like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Quite naturally, political analysts and Opposition spokesmen are describing those as signals of the BJP’s major failure to capture people’s imagination. However, there is a need to evolve an appropriate perspective to consider the metaphor of such piecemeal losses. It must be admitted that such reverses do not indicate a trend. For, in that case, the BJP would not have done as well as it did in the three North-Eastern State of Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya. Let alone the smart action that led the party to get into the Government in Meghalaya, its performance in Tripura and Nagaland was sterling by any standard. For, in those States, the party had a negligible presence. Yet, smart strategising and proper execution led the party to win Tripura on its own and get into the Nagaland Government on the strength of really encouraging numbers. Had that been the national trend, the BJP would never have been able to score such massive wins all over.

Thus, if looked from this angle, the few electoral reverses should be taken as warning bells, but not as signals of massive failure. Yet, the reverses do suggest that the party needs to take a good look at its mid-term strategies and what should constitute its future approach. Its top team needs to get back to the drawing board so that its perspective planning for the 2019 challenge is complete and without fault. Of course, the approach of party President Mr. Amit Shah to spread the workers’ web right down to the page-wise management of electoral rolls, has won critical acclaim from those who know how complex election planning is in terms of mass contact.

In the light of this excellence in micro-management which the BJP has achieved, it is necessary now to take a good look at the mid-term challenges the party has to keep facing. Losing a few seats may not make much difference to final numbers. Yet, such reverses do make an impact, however small, on the negative side of the morale of the cadres. It is from this angle that the BJP think-tank needs to take a serious relook at the future challenges. If this is done with integrity, then much can be achieved in terms of credibility of the party in the larger context.

The question, however, is not just of elections; it is of how the party keeps reinventing itself in terms of organisation and governance. When the party achieves a firm grip on the critical zone of governance, of course through the governmental channels, then its connect with the people in general will get stronger and credible, notwithstanding the electoral issues. The future of the party lies in its ability, thus, to reinvent itself every passing day so that the resulting resilience makes it capable of adapting to the changing times and climes. There is no question about the ability of the BJP to offer 24x7 leadership to the cadres. This ability now has to be made more intense so that Gorakhpur-Phulpur-type reverses do not disturb the strident stride the party has achieved nationally. For the nation, the BJP is not just a ruling party; it is a metaphor of upsurge of the Indian dream.