Over the past few days, BJP has given enough indications that it’s Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 polls will be Narendra Modi. So will 2014 elections be a Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi battle?
UPA has managed to win past two Lok Sabha elections with ease. But it’s second stint has been marred with scams and controversies and rising prices. Anna Hazare’s movement against the Govt policies and people’s support to the movement were clear indications of how Congress is losing its support base. Rahul Gandhi is being seen by many in Congress as their only saviour.
Some Congress loyalists like Digvijay Singh have even gone on record to say that Rahul Gandhi should become PM even now. But it’s highly unlikely that Mamohan Singh will be asked to step down before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul has been called a prince and an apparent heir to the throne by Congress loyalists. Though Rahul still has to prove his leadership capabilities, it’s now almost certain now that Rahul Gandhi will be projected as PM candidate for Congress.
On the other hand, BJP has been down and out for past decade. They lost two successive polls and despite public opinion against the Congress, BJP has not been able to muster enough support to overthrow the Govt. Lack of leadership skills at the top has also hurt BJP. L K Advani will be too old a candidate for PM’s post in 2014. The apparent choice for BJP was either Narendra Modi or leader of its ally JD(U), Nitish Kumar.
Nitish Kumar would have been a more acceptable choice for many as even the Left parties may have supported him. But Nitish himself has told time and again he doesn’t think he’s fit for PM’s post yet and he still has a lot of work left to do in Bihar. Narendra Modi has been the target of Congress mainly because of 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. Congress has used anti-minority plank quite well to pin down BJP and Modi time and again.
But if you have been to Gujarat, you will notice the wonderful work Narendra Modi has done in the state. The good work in Gujarat is benefitting both Hindus and Muslims alike, and Congress is losing ground on this. Although BJP has not yet declared Narendra Modi as its candidate, it’s almost certain to do so.