A ?bitter? Nitish returns to Mumbai
LORD KRISHNA counselled Arjuna against escapism and that was how Bhagwat Gita took shape. But the ?Krishna? of Kalyug has himself escaped from struggle. Or, so it would seem in the manner Nitish ?Krishna? Bharadwaj quietly left Bhopal for Mumbai lock, stock and barrel a couple of days ago.Updated: May 03, 2006 15:14 IST
LORD KRISHNA counselled Arjuna against escapism and that was how Bhagwat Gita took shape. But the ‘Krishna’ of Kalyug has himself escaped from struggle. Or, so it would seem in the manner Nitish ‘Krishna’ Bharadwaj quietly left Bhopal for Mumbai lock, stock and barrel a couple of days ago.
“No, I’m not leaving, nor quitting BJP”, clarified Nitish as his luggage was being packed at his bungalow in Char Imli on Sunday night. But bitterness was writ inescapably large on his face. He is saddened by the fact that the BJP has not found any useful assignment for him.
However, he is still eschewing a direct attack on individuals in the party. Besides, he has not betrayed any signals whether he might join Uma Bharti who was essentially responsible for his arrival in Madhya Pradesh two years ago.
For a person whose one glimpse would drive crazy in the halcyon days of ‘Mahabharat’ mega serial, a disillusioned Nitish Bharadwaj’s sudden departure is indeed a sad commentary on the opportunistic mix-up of mythology and politics. Those who had seen BJP reverentially bowing before ‘Krishna’ during the Rajgarh parliamentary election in 1998, would find the departure all the more shocking.
“Larger-than-life image in politics is unsustainable beyond a point. Once your mythological aura is ripped off, you become less-than-ordinary mortal in the party,” admits a BJP leader.
“Does any body remember whatever happened to Dipika Chikhlia (Sita) and Arvind Trivedi (Ravana) of Ramayan serial? They too had been roped in by the party and made MPs”, he pointed out.
BJP sources say that Nitish made a huge blunder in deciding to leave his main profession and settle in Indore. They point out that Smriti Irani (Tulsi) or Hema Malini have retained their importance in the party because they are still in the profession which primarily made them attractive enough to the party. Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Khanna and Dharmendra too are no longer important in the BJP scheme of things because they are now ‘have-beens’ of Bollywood.
The then Chief Minister Uma Bharti appointed Nitish as MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) chairman. Nitish was bubbling with ideas for tourism promotion. So was the MPSTDC’s flamboyant MD Ashwin Lohani. Ego clash was, therefore, on the cards. It was only after Tourism Minister Jayant Mallaiya’s intervention that Nitish managed to gain a say in the corporation’s affairs. But his ‘aura’ had received a big dent.
While still sulking, Nitish was made State BJP secretary by the then president Shivraj Singh Chouhan. This meant he would have to quit the chairman’s post in the MPSTDC. He did that rather willy-nilly, making himself even smaller in the eyes of the BJP cadre.
Still, Nitish clung to the hope that the BJP would use his education, suave and urbane image and excellent articulation. That’s why he fancied the role of a powerful BJP spokesman. He did get the role but sans all the glamour and clout he may have aspired for.
Now it is to be seen when, if at all, he returns and what role he plays in MP in future.
First Published: May 03, 2006 15:14 IST