Two instances, denying Modi’s kin a local poll ticket and Modi telling party functionaries to stay rooted, do not fit into the PM’s pattern to name a stadium after himself. The move, therefore, was avoidable.
Along with the COVID-19 crisis, the BJP is dealing with farmer protests and outrage over the Hathras incident. The PM cannot be expected to lead every fight, the BJP needs someone like the late Arun Jaitley with immense persuasive powers.
There may be issues of national importance, sovereignty, and security where a contrarian view against national consensus is not acceptable. Otherwise, the right to dissent is at the heart of a democracy.