Narendra Modi never makes a single move without his eye on at least two targets.
Now, this is a sight for sore eyes.
The first target was the rising dissatisfaction among BJP workers (and RSS workers), cadres, supporters about the BJP’s ruling core in Delhi seemingly negligent to the wanton loss of life of party members in political murders in Kerala. Granted that law and order is a state subject, but when you have muscular “Modi sarkar” in the Center and 13 Chief Ministers in state capitals, pretending to be helpless doesn’t go down well with the workers on the ground.
I have been saying this for months : all it takes is one high profile visit to Kerala to put the Communists’ murder culture on the national map. I would have liked it to be Amit Shah or even Modi himself.
But the choice of Arun Jaitley is very very interesting.
It means that Narendra Modi wanted to hit a second target. This was the irritation in right wing ranks against the “Lutyens culture” of Arun Jaitely, a man who is so close to the Prime Minister that he holds both Finance and Defense portfolios.
Clearly, the leadership picked up the voices of disapproval on the ground.
I suggest you to look once again at the tweet quoted above. Arun Jaitley almost looks out of place in the photo. The statement attributed to him even seems fake, because it does not sound like something Arun Jaitley would say.
That’s when you realize that it’s been a long time since Arun Jaitley did something that made him look like a BJP leader. We almost forgot that he is supposed to be a BJP leader, one with roots in the RSS’ student organization ABVP.
He seemed more like a member of the St. Stephens’ debate club, comfortable matching his wits against Shashi Tharoor and Mani Shankar Aiyar in a competition to see who has the biggest English vocabulary. A competition moderated by Karan Thapar perhaps?
Jaitley speaking the language of the worker on the ground? Now that’s refreshing.
I can bet he wasn’t comfortable coming to Kerala on this mission. Somebody sent him because that somebody knew that the BJP’s base was getting increasingly unhappy about his conduct. And that’s a good sign. They are listening.