The BJP meeting at Goa is very crucial for the party as it needs to seize the initiative and prepare itself for the general elections. The UPA has few friends and trying to extricate itself from scams and scandals.
This is the time to show unity and unanimity of purpose. But, look at the senior leaders of BJP and their lame excuses. As children or even as adults, we often resort to lame excuse of ill-health to escape our responsibilities.
This lame excuse of 'poor health' is being cited by senior leaders of BJP as the party prepares to crown Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its face for the general elections.
Instead of participating in the debate and showing unity in the party, top leaders have either chosen to skip the opening day of the three-day conclave or dropping out of the event altogether.
After party vice president Uma Bharti expressed her inability to attend the meet for health reasons on Thursday, party stalwart LK Advani followed suit.
Advani will not attend the office bearers' meeting today but will reach Goa on Saturday morning in time for the two-day national executive meet.
The 85-year-old BJP veteran has cited health reasons for not attending Friday's meet.
Bharti has already written to the party president Rajnath Singh expressing inability to attend the meet.
The party meeting is expected to carve out a strategic roadmap ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Other key decisions like who will head the campaign committee of the party for the general elections could also be taken during the meeting.
Narendra Modi has emerged as a strong probable for the party's prime ministerial candidate for the next general elections. Rajnath Singh and a group of leaders, backed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are in favour of making Modi the chief of party's campaign committee.
However, Advani is not in favour of this decision. Advani even suggested forming a separate committee for upcoming assembly elections, but the proposal has been turned down.
The office bearers' meeting today will be attended by members of the BJP's parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body in the party, general secretaries, and state chiefs of the party.
The inevitable will happen at Goa and lame excuses of senior party leaders cannot stall it.