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Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 23, May 23, 2009

On Varun Gandhi, BJP and Advani

Saturday 23 May 2009, by Sandhya Jain



I received some hate mail when I wrote the article “Varun Gandhi: Albatross Round BJP’s Neck” on March 30 (it appeared in Mainstream, April 11, 2009), but events have now unfolded as foretold, and Elections 2009 could well be designated as the Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

The BJP has slipped in UP, far from making a comeback, and everyone who thought that the cheap ‘udhaar ka sindoor’ trick would yield easy dividends should quit the arena of politics and political analysis.

It seems obvious that the BJP was manipulated into this mess (no brains and no common culture) to polarise minority votes in favour of the Congress, and this worked big time.

Advani, who factionalised the party beyond belief, should go, and take S. Gurumurthy, Arun Jaitly, Sudheendra Kulkarni and other ‘leaders’ with them. As I warned at the end of the article, he has walked “out of the gates of History and into Oblivion”.

Sandhya Jain

New Delhi (Editor of website www.vijayvaani.com)

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