Time for BJP to show leadership
Varun Gandhi’s communal and intemperate comments have rightly earned a rebuke from the Election Commission of India-it may even result in criminal prosecution.
It is hard to understand what led to Gandhi’s outburst. It may have been result of desire to benefit from communal polarization in his constituency or he may be attempting to emerge, as a fellow INI blogger suggests in a private conversation, as the new face of BJP in UP.
Whatever may be the motivations, Gandhi’s comments have once again exposed his party to the charges of being communal. But it also provides BJP with an opportunity.
If the charges against junior Gandhi are proven, then BJP should have no hesitation in dropping him from its candidate list. After all, even BJP leaders have strongly condemned his remarks. Surely, they should have no problems in taking the next logical step.
In recent days, BJP has been repeatedly embarrassed by people who claim they owe allegiance to the same ideology. In each such case, BJP has claimed that it has no association with such people. Well, that may be true. But in this particular case, Varun Gandhi is the official candidate of the party. By dropping him, BJP will prove its detractors wrong who claim that while the party condemns the likes of Muthalik, it tacitly endorses them.
It is time for leadership. Will Mr Advani stand up?