ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Frills

The Frills THE recently concluded plenary session of the BJP at Jaipur reveals, in some sense, the party's discomfiture with a political situation where the imponderables outweigh the predictable. Equivocation on tactics has been forced on the party following the thwarting of its aim of utilising former president L K Advani's celebrated 'rath yatra' to force elections and capitalise on Hindutva sentiment. While it is possible that a definite tactical line has not been formulated, it is equally possible, given the party's insistence on discipline, that the contradictory postures adopted by its leadership both at Jaipur and subsequently are not entirely unorchestrated. Even as the Toyota which doubled as the 'rath' was put on display at the venue of the session as an object meriting reverence, Vajpayee recorded his reservations on the long-term consequences of the 'yatra' despite its immediate impact. And while newly appointed president Murli Manohar Joshi stressed that the denial of Ram is a denial of India and urged the need to launch the country from the shoulders of Ram, Advani criticised the Hindutva slogans raised at the session and emphasised the party's political role over the religious.

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