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Rath Turned Turtle

L.K. Advani and his proteges' political miscalculations cost the party dear in this Lok Sabha poll

Rath Turned Turtle
T. Narayan
Rath Turned Turtle
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It is a mere matter of time before Lal Krishna Advani assumes complete charge of the BJP. Since he is considered the architect of the BJP's spectacular growth in the late 80s and 90s, the party will turn to him again in this moment of crisis. He is, after all, the consummate organisation man who built the sangathan from scratch. The ideologue who gives direction and speaks to the faithful.

But there have been several instances when Advani has proved to be a poor politician. In fact, much of the blame for the present electoral debacle can be placed at his doorstep. Advancing the general elections, for one. Vajpayee was known to have been opposed to the idea. But he let Advani and BJP president Venkaiah Naidu persuade him into cutting short his tenure by six months.

Even more disastrous perhaps was the decision to break ties with the DMK in favour of the AIADMK. The strongest proponent of this line was the Chennai-based chartered accountant and RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy, a regular fixture in the Advani household. Once again Vajpayee had serious reservations about...
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