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BJP in Crisis

The BJP is weakened by defeats and factionalism but the social conditions for its return still remain.

All political parties go through a period of turmoil when faced with electoral defeat, yet there is something unprecedented about the extent and nature of the troubles infesting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at present. Factionalism is so rampant now that even one of its senior-most leaders, L K Advani, has been reduced to the level of a faction head, its president’s authority is disputed and the central leadership has lost control over the state units. Finally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) too finds itself incapable of mediating between contending factions, like it did earlier. Not a day passes without news of some or the other crisis hitting the BJP.

It is futile to search for answers to the BJP’s troubles in electoral defeats or the acts of omission or commission of individuals. To understand the nature of this crisis it is necessary to comprehend the BJP’s relation with the RSS as well as the nature of the political tide which carried it to power.

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