As I said before, day to day politics is slow. Having waited decades to see the first BJP government at the center, the impatience in the right wing is understandable. Particularly, when the BJP is seen as “softer” than the Machiavellian Congress.
This often leads others to even question if the battle between the BJP and Sonia Gandhi is for real… or just something for cameras and to keep political votebanks engaged?
I’ll admit. I’ve had my doubts too. And why shouldn’t I? I am not a dynasty sycophant that I will never question my views. Everyday I engage with myself and recalibrate my position.
But the Karnataka – Gujarat drama has indeed captivated me much more than any recent political event. For the first time, I see Modi/Shah in a direct battle with Sonia’s right hand man Ahmed Patel.
After all, Ahmed Patel used to be India’s most powerful henchman during the UPA years. For 10 years, Ahmed Patel made sure that not a single news outlet ever dared to criticize the Queen directly. When the Queen made a statement once in a while, the media would stop, reporters would quake in their boots and the nation had to stand to attention and listen.
Even at the height of the election of 2014 … when the demise of Congress was apparent to all… I remember the kind of media impact that Sonia Gandhi’s statement on “Bharatiyata” made.
The man who created that mystique : Ahmed Patel.
Watching Modi/Shah go after him relentlessly is a feast for the eyes.
This is realpolitik at its best. Or worst.
First the BJP offered the 3rd Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat (which would otherwise have gone to the Congress) to a sitting Congress MLA who agreed to switch sides. It should be noted that the Congress MLA in question is a multi-crorepati.
Then, the Congress legislature party began to fall apart in Gujarat, especially with Vaghela’s exit.
The Congress rushed its few remaining members of the flock to Bengaluru.
You’d think they would be safe there.
IT sleuths arrived at the resort where Congress MLAs were staying and at numerous properties of Congress’ strongman D K Shivkumar, who had been financing the whole thing.
The IT team did not go back empty handed : it seized 11 crore in cash!
The BJP knew where to hit the Congress and hit very hard. The cash seized from D K Shivkumar was key because it gave the BJP a clear and simple talking point before the masses. Nobody will grudge a powerful politician losing 11 crores of cash.
Folks…this is the battle royale. The message that is being sent to the Dynasty is stronger than any damning electoral verdict. The message is that BJP means business and will stop at nothing to achieve Congress mukt Bharat.
Often times we have seen the ruthlessness of the Congress. On the contrary, the BJP in power generally appeared apologetic, almost insecure about its success. This is the first time since 2014 that I see BJP at its absolute defiant best. Just like Modi promised.
I can’t wait to find out who wins the Rajya Sabha seat on August 9.
At this point, Ahmed Patel must be wondering how life changed so much.