A key but quiet BJP conclave last week is behind the party's new-found aggression in Parliament and outside, party insiders say.
For the first time, shorn of hype, internal bickering and publicity, the entire brass of BJP sat with its chief ministers, including Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (MP), Jagadish Shettar (Karnataka), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), P K Dhumal (Himachal Pradesh), Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar deputy CM) on August 18.
They discussed threadbare "dismal economic slowdown" and political situation and went beyond their litany of complaints against the UPA government while working out a line of action after the day-long brainstorm, which concluded with a wrap-up by LK Advani, which were kept under wraps.
Party sources said the BJP's brass and CMs put their head together to chalk out a "road map" for adopting an aggressive role as an "enlightened” opposition, highlighting issues of performance and delivery, and present an alternative model of governance as shown by the saffron-ruled states.
They shared tips with each other on how to overcome problems in these times of economic downturn and finally concluded that the next Lok Sabha polls due in 2014 was virtually the last chance for BJP’s revival and strike at power, the sources said.
Each CM came to the conclave, armed with a presentation on what his government was doing and "best practices" that could be followed by others to "shine in contrast" to what the UPA was "failing" to do at the Centre and in the states ruled by the Congress.
Instead of "generalised attacks" on the Congress, top BJP leaders favoured a "systematic" critique on the "policy paralysis" of the Manmohan Singh government.
Interestingly, Modi joined other CMs in making a presentation of the eocnomic scenario, listing out 'mishandling of inflation, looking at RBI solve problems, falling industrial activity, failure to revive agricultural growth and huge borrowings by the Centre that have left little money in the system for private enterprise."