Nitin Gadkari episode highlights dilemmas RSS and Congress face




It was clear that beleaguered BJP president Nitin Gadkari had got himself a reprieve from those who matter in the saffron parivar when he was allowed to leave Nagpur, after several days of parleys with RSS leaders, to campaign in the ongoing Himachal Pradesh assembly election. And the BJP quickly fell in line by issuing an official statement of support at the end of a core group meeting after Gadkari landed in Delhi en route to Shimla.

But the crisis is far from over. The reprieve may be only temporary. Gadkari survives, although skeletons continue to tumble out of his closet, because retaining him is a safer, easier option than removing him. The importance of being Gadkari is not any intrinsic worth as a politician or leader. He's there simply as a convenient stopgap arrangement till the RSS, which has historically decided the fate of the BJP and its leaders, can get a fix on the vexed succession issue.

Who, after Vajpayee? The RSS is still searching for an answer, eight years after the man who headed the first BJP-led coalition government bowed out of office and formal politics.

The Gadkari crisis rocking the BJP is not merely an embarrassing corruption scandal about the financial dealings of its president. If it was, he would have been asked to step down and a new president appointed in his place. The implications are far graver. The Gadkari crisis has ripped open the festering leadership sore and split the party into warring factions that seem determined to resolve the succession issue here and now.

There are two reasons why the battle has intensified after the murky revelations about Gadkari's business empire. One, his tenure ends in December and although the RSS had ordered a second term for him (forcing the BJP to amend its constitution to accommodate the request), the scandal has opened a window for the anti-Gadkari faction to revive its campaign for his ouster.

The alacrity with which party patriarch LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, waiting in the wings to replace Gadkari, rushed to issue statements emphasising the need for probity in public life signalled a fresh burst of hope in this camp.

The second reason is the advancing general election which many feel could happen in 2013 instead of 2014 because of the widening fault lines in the larger UPA family. Gadkari was never the accepted choice to lead the BJP into the election. He neither has charisma nor leadership skills. And now with a corruption cloud hanging over him, he could turn out to be an albatross around the BJP's neck. At the very least, he would blunt the party's anti-corruption plank against the Congress.

Both Advani and Narendra Modi have thrown their hat into the ring to be the BJP's prime ministerial face, but Arun Jaitley and Swaraj are also nursing similar ambitions. The tussle can only increase as the election draws closer. The fight within the BJP has presented the RSS with an acute dilemma. It cannot choose one of the GenNext leaders without antagonising the others and provoking an internal feud that could prove costly in the upcoming election. And Advani was already tried and rejected in the 2009 election.



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