- Enough Already: The Sangh leadership, tired of Modi-Shah’s totalitarian ways, had egged on the revolt by the seniors
- Go Home: The RSS doesn’t want a second term for Amit Shah, blames him for BJP junior rung’s attack on Bhagwat
- Stay Cool: Modi must smoke the peace pipe with hostile groups, can’t afford policy hiccups or loss of Shah as party head
In BJP circles in Delhi, for the last 18 months or so, a common refrain has been, “Amit Shah delivers, whatever be the circumstances.” So last month when the BJP president promised there would be firecrackers in case the party lost in Bihar, he wasn’t seeing Diwali in a new light. The firecrackers did happen. So what if it wasn’t in Pakistan? Shah delivered on his poll promise of bangers with help from his own backyard; the marginalised old guard of the BJP.