Atal-Advani era is a thing of the past and it was often speculated that the party is standing on the brink of a virtual collapse not very long way back. However, the duo of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and party president Rajnath Singh infused a new breath of life into it especially at a time when it was running out of gasoline. So has the duo been successful in rekindling the magic of Atal-Advani era?

At least the BJP and the Sangh workers are taking this new political equation from this particular perspective. Now, it would be interesting to see if Rajnath continues to take care of the party or joins the Cabinet in case of BJP-led NDA forms government, which is a seeming probability.

The BJP, in a way, has completed one full circle. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee took over the reins of the party during the days of Jan Sangh, its condition was in tatters but the former prime minister’s popularity along with some crucial decisions taken for the party set a strong foundation for the days to come.

Speaking in the current context, Modi and Rajnath played a crucial role in galvanizing the ‘scattered BJP’. If the hints of exit polls are considered to be true, the BJP is going to script history of sorts this time and Modi would be the hero.

Rajnath Singh has played the role sculptor by working in close coordination with the Sangh. It’s not a hidden fact that when Modi was named the chief of election campaign committee and eventually the prime ministerial candidate, Rajnath had to face opposition within the party but BJP president realized that he has got the Sangh’s backing and that’s why, he never shied away from taking decisions.

Rajnath’s previous tenure as BJP president was ‘insignificant’ from several perspectives as he had to deal with a number of challenges as most of his decisions were not ‘properly accepted’.

However, in the new innings, with the backing of Sangh and charismatic leadership of Modi, things have changed significantly. The party’s future now rests on the hands of both these leaders.


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