New Delhi/Bangalore, June 14: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Bangalore on Thursday that Narendra Modi's magic will work only on television and that the Gujarat CM will not succeed in UP for he has little understanding of the state's politics.
It can be noted here that Modi's close aide Amit Shah, the man who has been made the in-charge of the most important state in electoral terms, embarked on his maiden visit to the state to start overseeing the BJP's preparation for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Yadav's statement is quite surprising. If one abides by his logic, then what was he doing in Karnataka? It is said that Yadav arrived in the southern state to strengthen the Samajwadi Party's position after it won a seat in the recent assembly elections here.
The UP chief minister said the victory of CP Yogeshwar over wife of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy from Channapatna showed that people were keen to see the growth of the SP across the country owing to its secular credentials. If that is the case, then why do you assume Mr Yadav that people in UP do not want to see Narendra Modi's credentials shaped by his development work? Political convenience doesn't allow it, right?
The entry of Modi and his revamped BJP in UP is bound to intensify the political fight. The problem with the Modi's opponents is that they have no answer to Modi's Brahmastra called 'development' and have only the communal question to tackle with their pseudo-secular credentials.
If Modi is bad for communal riots, then how Advani was good for SP?
If Modi is rendered untouchable because of the 2002 riots, then how did the SP chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, praised L K Advani a few months ago as a honest man? It was during the days of Advani that riots were sparked off by the saffron politics in various parts of the country, including UP.
National leadership has declined in India, regional leaders the future
National leadership, irrespective of parties, has steadily declined in India today. It is difficult to find any leader of pan-Indian appeal. Advani is perhaps the only leader who has a pan-Indian identity but he was never destined to be an administrative leader.
The emerging scenario in Indian politics speaks about the rise of regional leaders and the challenge before them to lead the nation. It is no logic to say that this province's leader doesn't suit that province. If that really is the case, then why are lesser parties with 20-30 seats dreaming to form a national government through a third or federal front? What appeal does a Mamata Banerjee have in Karnataka or who will vote for a Nitish Kumar in Tamil Nadu?
Modi best regional leader to lead the nation at the moment
If regional leaders are indeed the future of Indian politics, then there can be no denying that Modi is the best man at the moment to do the job. For he has backed his ambition with commendable administrative work and widespread acknowledgement.
Akhilesh Yadav's anti-Modi speech only reiterates that like many others, he has also been rattled by the Modi factor. It will be good if he tackles the BJP leadership politically instead of raising a storm via media.