Is it time to start writing requiems for the BJP? This round of assembly elections marked a particular low as the saffron party finally caught the dynastic disease from the Congress. Tickets went in Maharashtra on the basis of bloodlines; it did little good and also lost for the BJP a decisive tool on which it had hinged past attacks on the Congress and regional parties.
The polls also exposed the so-called “galaxy of national leaders”. No one was in demand for campaigning and even Gujarat CM Narendra Modi gave up after a few token appearances in Maharashtra. L.K. Advani is clearly past his glory days and none of the second-rung stars seem to have any fizz. On result day, the party HQ in Delhi wore a deserted look.