We in the right wing might like to give all the credit to Modi and Shah for the spectacular successes of the party since 2013. But in our hearts, we all know that the Modi-Shah team benefitted from the stupidity of a particularly pathetic coterie of Congress leaders. At this point, these people can essentially be considered BJP’s moles within Congress.
Of course Modi was the right man at the right place at the right time to snap up an opportunity. But this level of national dominance takes a special combination of happy coincidences and we should all give due credit to the pack of Congress fools who made it all possible for us.
The leader among the pack is of course Rahul Gandhi. He’s No.1. And Digvijay Singh is an undisputed No.2. Digvijay Singh’s constant pandering to wild conspiracy theories, on every single subject from 26/11, to the fabled “Hindu terror” to Batla House encounter have all contributed immensely to the anti-Hindu image that the Congress officially blamed for its 2014 defeat.
The No.3 position is up for grabs, with several contenders like Mani Shankar Aiyar, Kapil Sibal and Renuka Chowdhury. Perhaps Aiyar should have this position because of his famed “Chaiwallah” remark. But there is no denying the fact that each time one of these scumbags appears on a TV screen, at least 100 people take a solemn oath never to vote Congress in their life.
Unluckily for the BJP (on a national scale), it seems like No.2 campaigner Digvijay Singh is about to face his comeuppance for his colossal failure in Goa.
Two days ago, I made it explicit that I was against the manner in which BJP formed a government in Goa. More than moral considerations (come on, this is politics) my concern was about the image of Manohar Parrikar, which is a huge political asset. Because Parrikar towers so far above everyone else in Goa, I felt it was a mistake to put this image at stake by “managing numbers” for him in Goa.
In my typical experience, keeping the single largest party out of power is a gamble that never seems to work. When the Congress and JDS came to form a government in Karnataka in 2004, they ended up handing the state to BJP. The JMM and Congress made the same mistake in Jharkhand under Hemant Soren. In my opinion, the problem is that the public is very harsh in judging such governments and they never have a “honeymoon period”. They lose the narrative from Day 1 and by the time their Assembly term ends (or their government collapses under its own weight), the public is ready to punish them.
On the other hand, the single largest party sitting in the opposition generally gets a large measure of sympathy. I was worried about BJP in general and Parrikar in particular being seen as the villain in such a drama in Goa.
Now I am quite happy to revise my view. Clearly, I had underestimated the ability of the Congress to bomb itself into oblivion. Far from sitting in the opposition in a dignified manner, enjoying the moral high ground and the sympathy, the Congress has come down with an ugly outbreak of infighting. The spat is so obscene that it has taken the heat off the BJP “managing” the numbers. Far from giving the Congress some sympathy, the people are probably remembering all the reasons why they found the Congress so disgusting in the first place.
Let’s see. Given the murkiness of the situation, it is hard to construct a clear sequence of events, but here is a rough timeline:
(A) BJP won the confidence motion with 22 votes to 16 for the Congress. Why did the Congress get only 16 votes when it won 17 seats? Because Vishwajeet Rane disappeared during the vote.
(B) Digvijay Singh, who is the Congress in charge for Goa, accuses Rane of having “coffee” with Parrikar.
(C) Another Congress MLA, this time one Salvio Rodrigues has now resigned, blaming Digvijay for the failure to form a government.
(D) Digvijay in turn says that he had finalized the pre-poll alliance with Goa Forward Party, but “certain Goa leaders” screwed up his arrangements.
For the uninitiated, Vishwajeet Rane is the son of Pratapsinh Rane, the last Congress CM of Goa. Vishwajeet was the likely frontrunner for CM if the Congress had formed the government. It can only be assumed that a large number of Congress MLAs in Goa owe allegiance to him and his father. For the Congress in Goa, this is nothing short of disaster. They have already lost 2 MLAs in 2 days. The party might melt down as early as next week.
With Digvijay facing the heat for being the “outsider who screwed up Goa for the Congress”, anything can happen now. It’s truly ugly out there. And Parrikar is really lucky. Instead of giving him criticism and mockery, Goans are thanking their stars that this pathetic circus of a Congress party was kept out of power in Panaji.
On a side note, I’ll say the people of Goa kind of deserve what they are getting. In his big rally, Modi had urged the people note to vote for the tiny vote katwa parties like Goa Forward, MGP and random independents. He had called them “loktantra ke jebkatre” (pickpockets of democracy). But people didn’t listen. If they didn’t want BJP, they could have given the Congress a clear majority for a stable government. But, they handed the keys to these free floaters. What else did they expect? Did anyone honestly hope for MGP or Goa Forward to come up with an agenda for governance? They voted for horse trading and that’s exactly what they got.
And on a final note, I am happy that a hard worker from RSS ranks has been chosen for Uttarakhand CM, not some migratory bird. Trivendra Rawat now has a responsibility and a historic opportunity to become the face of the state, use his clear mandate to ensure development and end the cycle of rotating governments. Now waiting eagerly to know who Modi and Shah will pick to rule Uttar Pradesh.