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Building Back Better

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A new Chief Minister is a courageous attempt to counter anti-incumbency and win back people’s support. Even cabinet reshuffle is also on the table in states where the BJP government will not have to face test of the electorate in near future.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has changed three Chief Ministers– Tirath Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand, BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka and Vijay Rupani in Gujarat – within a span of few months and, not unexpectedly, the critics have begun to predict doom’s day of the saffron party. The travesty is that they failed to understand that the Modi regiment is quick to do a correct appraisal of a situation and correct it. Learning from mistakes is a virtue of the wise.

Unpopular and non performing leaders make way for better ones; this is democracy that ultimately propels those who are capable. BJP has learnt from the experience of Jharkhand where Raghubar Das had already lost the confidence of the people, but the party high command did not listen to the local voices. On the other hand Sarbananda Sonowal wa not unpopular but Himanta Biswa Sarma more popular who had delivered most of the North East to the BJP. Sarma replaced Sonowal in NDA’s second run in Assam.

A new Chief Minister is a courageous attempt to counter anti-incumbency and win back people’s support. Even cabinet reshuffle is also on the table in states where the BJP government will not have to face test of the electorate in near future.

BJP has a commitment to its ideology and rules thus set. The tallest leader of the BJP in south is Yediyurappa. And even he was convinced to give up his position because it’s a collective decision of the party that anyone above the age of 75 will have to give way for the younger generation.

A Chief Minister should reflect not just the confidence of the legislature but also the people of the state. Dr Harshvardhan had to quit and take responsibility for poor handling of the second wave of Covid.

One may now look at the other side. Congress should be the last party to take a dig at BJP on this issue. For two years they are stuck with an acting President and not able to find a full time President for the party. Let me take you a little back and ask, ‘which was the most crucial state for the Congress when it was spearheading the UPA?’ It was the undivided Andhra Pradesh. The arrogance of the Congress leadership and oblivion to see the political reality on ground brought the Congress to a situation where it has no locus standi left in both Andhra and Telangana.

In the past three decades one key reason for the decimation of the Congress is that it failed to change leadership when the situation required and continued with the run-of-the-mill. Pema Khandu, Biren Singh, Mamata Banerjee, Jaganmohan Reddy, Himanta Biswa Sarma– they allwere leaders of caliber who were simply allowed by the Congress to leave and today they all are Chief Ministers in key states. 

BJP is setting an example and there is no harm for others to learn from it. Change is not just the rule of nature but also of politics.

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