Whose Line Is It?
- Advani’s resignation and its withdrawal at the RSS’s behest shows the Sangh in control
- Advani’s stature is dented: an organisation he fought to keep off the party has made him toe its line
- Modi, too, held in his tracks. He has accepted the RSS’s decision and his further elevation is in doubt.
- Gadkari redeemed in the party; remains the RSS’s trusted man
If there are any takeaways from the great churning in the BJP over the last few days, the most prominent would be the resounding return of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) to micromanaging the party. To make way for that, what could have been more fitting than to have the man who has spent considerable time fighting the Sangh’s interference eat humble pie—never mind that he happens to be the party’s patriarch and founder, L.K. Advani. The message in June 2013 is clear: the RSS is the overriding authority; there’s no question of the BJP severing the umbilical cord with the Sangh.