BJP/RSS is showing poor understanding of how perceptions are formed, credibility built. Perceptions are important in democratic polity. BJP should know that it is operating in a hostile environment where its positive points will be under reported and its weaknesses amplified.
Perceptions over a period of time shape credibilty and credibility is a key ingredient in electoral market place.
The way in which Vasu’s resignation was played out shows that either or both LKA/MB are making serious errors of judgement.
But for backing from LKA/MB, it seems unlikely that adhoc and arbitrary decisions’ll be continuously taken. Sangh cant wash its hands off from the events as they unfold. It appears Mohan Bhagwat’s message on transition is being undermined.
Despite Vasu’s mistakes, it is not untrue that the likes of Jaswant Singh undermined Vasu during her tenure. Vasu’s accusations are a mere paraphrasing of what Arun Shourie highlighted in an even more damning terms – existence of double standards. Vasu/Gen Khanduri might have failed to deliver. But so did Arun Jaitley(AJ)/Raj Nath Singh(RNS) in UP.
While failure in itself should not be a disqualification, as failures often result in learning key lessons, repeated failures, is a disqualification. From this perspective, Raj Nath Singh much more than Vasu/Khanduri should have been asked to resign first. The argument that RNS is anyway on the way out is specious. Buck rests at the top.
Bleed an enemy by thousand cuts is something delivered on hostile elements. Not on oneself. Protracted bleeding that is being manifest in BJP’s transition, and they reflect serious mistakes that BJP/RSS leadership appear to be making.
When drastic changes to the organization are being carried out, it is better if it is done fast as a surgical strike. If there is a bloodbath, so be it. Such a course is better than protracted bleeding (factional shenanigans) that will impact BJP perception in the minds of its prospective voter base. A rapid strike also helps set the rules of the game – cut down factionalism. Events if allowed to drift can impact credibility of Sangh.
One way to effect quick transition is through BJP’s own version of Kamaraj Plan. BJP can of course can call it “Vajpayee Plan” or “Advani Plan”. More than semantics what is important is person/team arbitrating the plan execution should be competent and perceived by most sections as genuinely neutral. People holding central party leadership positions, should be asked to quit.
Let redeployments be representative, based primarily on capabilities/performance rather than solely on loyalty/Sangh legacy. While importance of loyalty/trust cant be underplayed, deployments should be based primarily on potential for showing, sustaining positive results.
(This section making a pitch for re-susticating BJP is part of an extensive analysis that was done earlier post 2009 LS Elections; addressing both strategic and tactical aspects)
Tailpiece: Post this blogpost, Sarsangchalak of RSS, Shri MB openly alluded to serious nature of BJP’s problems. Contrary to inspired media leaks, central problem seems to lie with the BJP top brass.