I can’t share Swapan Da’s outrage over Jharkhand. Now don’t get me wrong, one is perfectly entitled to feel outrage over the rather unsavory spectacle of Rajnath Singh colluding with Shibu Singh Soren, otherwise known for rather dubious distinction of absconding from law as minister at centre, for spoils of power. This crass display of opportunism is a perfect example of the cynical maneuvering infesting Indian politics that so disgusts decent middle class. So I get the outrage expressed by petite bourgeoisie over the fiasco.
Unfortunately however, for BJP supporters like myself (and Swapan Da, presumably), that boat sailed long ago when Kalyan Singh did bulk purchase of Congress and BSP MLAs to prop up his government, or when Keshubhai Patel rescued his government through rather questionable means.
If someone supports BJP at present it means he or she supports BJP despite the (hardly concealed) acts of corruption by BJP when in power both in past as well as at present. This fact makes any display of indignation specifically over Jharkhand puzzling at best. Of course there is always the proverbial last straw, but in that case it simply doesn’t make sense to reserve ire solely for Rajnath Singh or specific individual, rather pox should be on the whole Delhi Durbar, and that includes Arun Jaitley.
This is not to say a BJP supporter can not feel indignation, but the ground for that is markedly different from issue of ethics viz. the arrangement in Jharkhand is an ill conceived political strategy. This is because the action erodes BJP’s credibility at a moment when it can not afford to. Because BJP’s experience with coalitions is far from inspiring confidence, with delivery of gains in short term but severe liability to the party in long term. I think one can safely assume that present situation has been engineered by a coterie of fixers for personal gain over larger interest of party.
To reiterate what I said in earlier post, if BJP wishes to survive if must regain the trust of public, which is only possible if BJP gives heed to voters instead of Napur or