Saswat Panigrahi is Senior Editor (News) at NitiCentral. He is a journalist having a natural interest in observing the political jigsaw with a concern for issues affecting the common man’s life. A swayamsevak in his own right, he is an ardent supporter of cultural nationalism. He has worked with The Pioneer and Zee News.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s induction into the BJP Parliamentary Board — the apex decision making body of the party — has sent Congress into a tizzy.
Senior Congress leader and Union Minister Kapil Sibal said Modi will pose a challenge to the BJP in the next general election. As if that was not enough, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi went on to add that the Gujarat Chief Minister will prove to be ‘Yamraj’ for the BJP in the 2014 election.
Congress is finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with Modi being given new responsibilities in the BJP. Modi’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. The Gujarat Chief Minister has started giving Congress sleepless nights. The Congress has started realising that it will be thrown out of power in the next general election. The party lacks ideas and leaders to tackle Modi.
Congress’s comments on Modi show nothing but its desperation. The more Congress attacks Modi, the more popular he becomes. The nation waits to see the son of Gujarat on the throne of Delhi and the BJP can’t afford to ignore this fact.
Modi has already arrived on the national scene and he can’t be wished away. BJP has recognised Modi’s potential and popularity by inducting him into the Parliamentary Board. BJP president Rajnath Singh while addressing the 33rd Foundation Day of the party has admitted it in as many words, “Narendra Modi is the most popular leader in the country.” There are no two views on Modi’s being ‘first among equals’ in BJP. Those in the BJP who don’t subscribe to this view should start living with this reality.
Modi said, “Every citizen owes a debt to Mother India. It is their duty to repay the debt whenever the opportunity comes.” Narendra Modi has already repaid his debt to Gujarat. It’s time he should be given an opportunity to do the same for the nation.
BJP is fortunate that it has Narendra Modi. Modi’s presence will certainly be a rallying point to demolish Congress in the next general election. It’s time the party makes it official and declares Modi as its choice for the Prime Minister’s post.
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