Uttar Pradesh has, over the past decade, been the BJPs crowning glory in the electoral arena, but ever since its drubbing at the hustings during the 1999 Lok Sabha elections, the only crown that the state has consistently placed on the saffron partys head is that of thorns.
Rather than forcing the party to sit up, take note and pull up its socks, its dismal poll performance last year has resulted in an ever-spiralling chaos, with chief minister Ram Prakash Gupta-widely perceived to be a lame-duck CM even within the BJP-presiding over a string of blunders.
And with assembly elections due in 2001, the no-change-of-chief minister, no mid-term-polls line taken by the BJP is being seen as an attempt by the party leadership not to make a bad situation worse till a viable plan is in place. For, the last thing that it wants to do is to contribute to the dissidents oust-Gupta campaign in Lucknow.
In the Capital on May 18 to meet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and home minister L.K. Advani and complain about the treatment being meted out to...