Anil Chawla provides a blistering counterattack to his former IIT classmate Sudheendra Kulkarni’s explanation of what went wrong with the BJP’s campaign in the recent election. Among the many missiles that Chawla launches at Kulkarni is one that places the blame of defeat squarely on LK Advani’s shoulders. Advani depended too much on his inner coterie, surrounded himself with non-threatening, ineffectual party cadres and relied too heavily on his own immediate family, says Chawla.
You say that the BJP leadership is in disarray. If it is true, the only person who is responsible for the mess in the party is LK and no one else. He has ruled over the party with an iron hand for more than two decades. In fact, the words “Majboot Neta” (Strong Leader) that were used to describe LK during the recent election, apply only in respect of the way LK behaves in the matter of crushing his critics and opponents within the party. He is ruthless in demolishing anyone who as much as raises an eyebrow against him. He has no patience for anyone who even dreams of being his equal within the party. Can you please name for me two people who are LK’s equals within BJP, in LK’s vision? LK’s desire to stand as a tallest leader made him choose only pygmies for all critical positions in the party. The only way that one could rise up in BJP with LK at helm was to act as a subservient spineless dwarf.
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