Amidst the upheaval created by his resignation from all party posts in the BJP, the move made by LK Advani, keeping in mind the 2014 General Elections, is a part of his strategy, according to political analysts.
Those who know Advani and his style of working believe that he is still eyeing the 2014 polls and his latest headline-making step is a part of his forward planning. According to analysts, Advani believes that in 2014 no party is going to enjoy absolute majority and in a situation like that, the senior BJP leader wants to project himself as an alternative to the non-Congress and non-Modi faction.
This belief of Advani could be based on the political scenario of late eighties when United Front government was formed under the leadership of V P Singh. Then almost all political parties, including parties with completely different ideology (BJP and the Left front) came together to uproot Congress government and support the third front.
To understand the strategy of L K Advani, we have to go back to his visit to Pakistan. In 2005, Advani not only visited Jinnah`s grave and paid him obeisance but also tried to portray the founder of Pakistan as a secular leader. He had to face the wrath of both his party and the RSS due to this, and after returning to India had to finally resign from the post of party president.
Now, if we go through his latest resignation letter, he has resigned from all posts in the party except its membership. He stated in his letter that deviation of the party from the ideology of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, Nanajee Deshmukh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the reason of his resignation. Now the question is — if the BJP is not following proper ideology, then what is the point being in the party even as a member?
Thus, not quitting the party is also a part of his political strategy. He is the chairman of NDA and if he quits from the party he will no longer be able to continue on that post.
As chairman of NDA, Advani believes that he can be the leader of the non-Congress and non- Modi faction in case of a hung Parliament in 2014, and being on that post, he can project his candidature strongly.
(The writer is Editor of Zee regional channels, Hindi)