Though the general election is still some distance away, the saffron brigade is busy indulging in what appears to be its favourite pastime these days – guessing on the prime ministerial candidate from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Along with the by-now regular names – LK Advani, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj – former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologue KN Govindacharya suggested that even NDA convenor Sharad Yadav, as well as another senior leader Subramanian Swamy, were potential PM candidates.
Talking to newspersons in Lucknow on Tuesday, Govindacharya, who despite distancing himself from the BJP hasn’t denied his association with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), also appeared to be backing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray’s endorsement of Sushma Swaraj as a good PM-option.
But in the true RSS style of talking several things at the same time, he also gave his thumbs up to LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for the top post.
“Yes, they all are good leaders with potential, but then there are several promising leaders from the NDA like Sharad Yadav and Subramanian Swamy who can make the cut as well,” he said.
Some view Govindacharya’s dropping Sharad Yadav’s name as a carefully thought-out RSS plan to rattle the NDA’s main ally, the Janata Dal (United), whose leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, has been quite vocal in its opposition to Narendra Modi’s projection as the Prime Ministerial candidate.
This theory is based on the premise that by propping up Yadav’s name, the RSS could well be playing the ‘divide’ game in the JD(U) by pitting him against Nitish Kumar.