The BJP’s ideological troubles are not over just yet. Soon after Jaswant Singh fell in love with Jinnah — leading to his expulsion — the party is worried over a recent blog posted by Tarun Vijay, former editor of RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’.
Vijay is now a special invitee to the BJP’s national executive, and thus an integral part of the party.
He begins by seeing the austerity drive as a “good game”, and then says that even if it were honest, our political class' image is so bad that none would believe them.
But it is the blog’s parting shot that has left many in the BJP gasping: “I am sure if Rahul wills, he can effect a change. The reports emerging from his camp do tell a tale which is different and refreshing. He is enjoying an unenviable position and attracts an audience that can be turned into agents of change.”
A senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity: “Freelancing politicians in the BJP are doing more damage than anybody else. Vijay should have remembered he is a special invitee to our national executive.”
“I have clearly made the point that this drive has drawn attention away from the BJP’s recent victories,” Vijay told Hindustan Times. “But so far as having hopes in Rahul Gandhi is concerned, I have hopes in every patriotic Indian. Even RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat recently said that we support any Indian doing anything good irrespective of ideology.”
The article has other kinds of contradictions too. It begins: “Politicians must travel economy class at least once in their life time to understand how Indians below the poverty line live.” Vijay forgets the obvious: India’s poor — those earning no more than Rs 15-20 a day — cannot afford an economy ticket, which only the rich can buy.
And there is lots of middle class distaste for politics too, that too from a member of a political party!
“They come with hordes of their unhygienic paan-chewing swaggers.” There is more: “They don’t have civilised manners to use toilets and leave washbasins choked.”
And the BJP does not get the benefit of doubt: “No party can say that it doesn't have its share of ruffians.”
Clearly, the BJP is not amused.