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Now, the bitter pill

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has diagnosed what ails the BJP. But will he launch a surgical strike?

india Updated: Oct 28, 2009 22:04 IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has diagnosed what ails the BJP. But will he launch a surgical strike?

As a veterinarian, RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s healing instincts must come in handy when trying to treat that political animal called the BJP. But, even the good doctor seems to have thrown up his hands in despair saying that the saffron party must contemplate drastic surgery or even chemotherapy to save itself. His prescription has not found favour with BJP president Rajnath Singh who has had to swallow the bitter pill of electoral defeat in recent times.

Mr Bhagwat’s remarks suggest that his patience with the patient has run out and now, in a twist of the old saying, the afflicted must heal themselves. But the BJP’s stalwarts are so busy rubbing salt into each other’s wounds that the party is in chronic pain. The question is if the party were to take up Mr Bhagwat’s advice, who will wield the scalpel. Leader of the Opposition L K Advani has shown that he is not able to excise the ghosts of the past, Murli Manohar Joshi says he is a patient, not a doctor and as for the others, they have all become a headache for each other and the party.

So it makes horse sense for Mr Bhagwat to kit himself out and step into the theatre of operations himself. He has to make the BJP that is now grazing in the pasture into a thoroughbred capable of winning the electoral Derby. He will have to mount a surgical strike on the Cassandras in the BJP and inject new life into the party.

The main thing is that he seems to have diagnosed the ailment where others have failed. Otherwise, the BJP will have to wander around singing, “Oh doctor, I’m in trouble… (my heart) goes boom boody-boom boody-boom…”