Delhi Elections 2020 - A time for introspection for BJP

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One more loss in Delhi and it is certainly time for the BJP leadership to do some serious introspection on why, after such a sweeping win in the Lok Sabha elections in mid-2019, they have not received the same support at State elections.

It is worth thinking about why the electorate has changed its mind in less than a year. The BJP leadership at the State level in Delhi should do some serious introspection and compare the results of 2015 and 2020 elections. After an incredible Lok Sabha victory in 2014, they lost badly in 2015. The story is no different between 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the 2020 Delhi State elections.

Clearly, the electorate knows their mind and they know what they want from their politicians at the National level and at the State level. Yes, the people have huge expectations from the Prime Minister and his team for the country. They have similar expectations from their local leaders but in matters that affect their daily lives.

They want the infrastructure in their community and town to be as they expect. They want their local politician to address and resolve these challenges. Mr Kejriwal and his party did a lot of work for Delhi in the past 5 years and this did not go unnoticed. Running down or challenging achievements in education and healthcare was a poor strategy of the BJP. The electorate did not believe the BJP leaders.

Let us look at some reasons why the BJP is consistently losing elections in most States.

National Issues are different from State Issue. National Security is critical, and every step taken by the Prime Minister has been supported and applauded by the people. At the state elections, the people do not want to hear about Pakistan bashing or the achievements of the country in the international arena.

Matters like Section 370, Section 35A are important for the Nation. However, these are not for discussion at the state level.

State Politicians need to deliver. The central government needs the support of the states. Politicians at the state need to deliver to their constituents. The BJP leadership at the state level must learn to win elections on its own and stop relying only on the senior most leaders. State politicians are fighting for the assembly elections and not for the Lok Sabha. Therefore, they need to depend on their work and not that of the Central Government. They state leaders must work to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister and not constantly look for a free ride. They should bring in the big guns for support and not to win the election.

If they want good health and good education, is this unreasonable? If they want a pollution free Delhi, they expect work to be done. If the electorate wants free electricity and free water so be it.

The electorate understands the capabilities of the Prime Minister and his team. However, when they hear their local leaders wax eloquent on national issues without bothering to talk of local issues, they know these politicians are simply not delivering what is expected of them.

Alliance Partners of the NDA must be taken into confidence in every election even if it means that the BJP has to lose a battle to win the war. The alliance partners know that the BJP is a strong party and yet they also know that they play a vital role in BJP’s plans at the State level. Alienating alliance partner just before State Elections can never be a wise strategy and this normally starts with the bravado of the local State level leaders of the BJP.

Unless the BJP can carry its partners, they will continue to bite the dust as is evident from Maharashtra.

Loudmouths of the BJP need to be told to shut up before every election. The people are tired of the unnecessary rhetoric from some BJP leaders. They need to be told to stay quiet if they do not have anything constructive to say. Negative statements are not supported by anyone (though the politician who makes such statements may get some applause from the community they are addressing).

Abusive language is not respected by anyone in India. Why do junior BJP politicians not see and learn from the dignity of their senior leaders? Such loud mouths do more harm than good to BJP’s campaign.

BJP’s Communication must improve. Traditionally, the communication of the BJP has been very poor. The spokespersons are the same for national issues and state issues who keep pushing the national agenda in all debates without understanding the challenges. If the discussion is about the State elections, the BJP spokespersons will try and manoeuvre the debate to a national issue. BJP needs a separate set of leaders who will address National issues and State issues. The BJP cannot have the same set of spokespersons on every channel on every issue.

Citizens Amendment Act has been cleverly morphed into the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens and the BJP has not been able to communicate the difference clearly. Varying comments from Central Leadership is also being used very effectively by the opposition leaders who have very successfully managed to confuse the masses.

For the moment, the BJP can take some comfort from the fact that their vote share has increased in the Delhi elections but unless they change fast, the next round of State elections will have a similar sad story for the BJP.

The Prime Minister spoke of the report card of his Government during the Lok Sabha elections and he was given a resounding mandate. What applies at the Centre applies equally at the State.

The BJP State leaders must show their report card and not that of the Prime Minister and that of the BJP Government at the Centre.

Unless the BJP is in power in States, they will find it increasingly difficult to implement their plans and policies.

The harsh truth is that no one remembers who came second.

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The author is a CEO Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers.

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11 New Year Resolutions for Senior Citizens!

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The New Year is around the corner and it is time for thinking of those resolutions again! Whether you resolve to be fitter and healthier, connect more socially or to tick off some points on your bucket list, this is a time to take stock of the year gone by and to think of the year ahead.

Given below are some thoughts and you could consider adding some or all to your list of New Year resolutions.

Eat better for your Health

Take your health into your hands. Change your eating pattern. Take baby steps toward eating right. After all, if you have been careless with your food habits, you cannot change these overnight.

Less fats, more fibre with a healthier mix of fruits, vegetables and nuts is always advisable for most people. As seniors, it becomes even more important and relevant for us to regulate our diet. Eat smaller meals more often. Most experts recommend eating 5 times a day but with reduced quantities. As some wise people say “stop eating just before you are full!” Others say that at least half of your plate should be fruits and vegetable.

Add a mix of vitamins and supplements to your diet to balance what you are not receiving through your normal diet.

Remember that eating better is the only answer to reducing your weight.

Find a New, Healthy Activity

As we get older, whether or not we have been active earlier, now it is much more important to be active. Build exercise or yoga into your daily routine. A round of tennis or golf, a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes every day (150 minutes per week of walking is the minimum recommended), yogic breathing exercises, swimming or cycling would be great to get into your daily schedule.

I have met several seniors who have started running and competing with people of their own age. In the process of staying fit, they have also found a whole new community of like-minded and passionate friends. It is best to experiment and find the right activity for your personality and activity level.

Complete some points in your Bucket List

Give yourself a break. You have earned this. Over the years, all of us have been adding to our bucket list. This list has kept getting longer since we were not able to find the time during our work life.

Resolve to tick off at least two significant items on your bucket list in the coming year.

Connect More with Friends and Family

Re-establish old connections that you lost while you were busy at work. Don’t wait for someone else to take the first step. Once start to reach out to your family and friends, you will be surprised at how much warmth you will receive.

Weekly lunches or coffee mornings with a group of friends, WhatsApp or Skype calls with your family members spread across the World are great ways of re-connecting. Time spent talking and laughing with those that mean the most is time well spent.

Reduce your belongings

Resolve to clean out your closets and your home. Think of the difference between “want” and “need” before you start this exercise. Keep things you need and give away those you want. This may sound philosophical but try and give away whatever you have not used for the past one year. Your challenge will always be “what if” you suddenly need the item again. If you decide to give it away, keep this as an active resolution till the next year and then assess whether you felt the need for the item(s) you gave away. Chances are that you will never miss these items.

In addition, this will start a process of de-cluttering your belongings and clearing up your home over a period of time.

Brush Up on New Technology

Technology, as you are well aware, is changing our World. If you have not already understood the many forms of communication and connection through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and so many others it is time to do so now. Get familiar with the operating systems of your phones and other devices. Learn and understand these platforms since more and more of our lives will revolve around applications being developed on such platforms and around such communication medium.

To brush-up your own knowledge and skills, there are on-line tutorials for every possible question that you may have. You can also request a younger person at home or in your neighbourhood to tutor you.

Tell Your Story

You have had a wonderful and fulfilling life and now is the time to tell your story. Write your blog and publish it on a daily or weekly basis. Think of all the anecdotes in your life and write about these. Think of the milestones in your career and the time you spent as a child and record these. Think of your parents and your extended family and store these memories carefully in writing.

If you are not comfortable with writing out your blogs, dictate these into your mobile phone. Most phones now have the feature of “voice to text” which should quickly convert your voice recording. If this too does not work, send the recording to anyone who will transcribe it for a very small fees. A dictated blog will also preserve your voice for posterity.

Not only will this record your own memories and thoughts, this could also become a record of your family history for the future generations.

Give your brain a workout

The more you exercise your brain, like your body, the stronger it will be. Remember that diseases of the brain like Dementia and Alzheimer’s are increasing.

Read more and beyond your daily newspaper. Join or start discussion groups on subjects that interest you. Try Sudoko, Chess, QuizUp or Scrabble. All these games are available free on your smart phone. Play online with people you do not know and compete with the best. Nothing prevents you from becoming the best in the region or for that matter in the World, using your brain and not brawn power.

Once you take the lead you will find lots of followers who want to play with you but were hesitant to take the lead.

Remove negativity and anxiety from your life

Life is too short and at our stage in life, we are already on the “back nine” of a round of golf! Now is the time to remove all the negativity we have carried inside us about family, friends and the World in general. All this negativity is only hurting ourselves.

If you are feeling anxious about someone or something, speak about it to your family and friends. Bottling this up inside you will only make it more challenging to deal with.

Resolve to celebrate the little joys that you will have and don’t hold back.

Get enough sleep

Most people seem to believe in a myth that as you get older you need lesser sleep. Nothing is farther away from the truth. If you are sleeping late or getting up very early, stay in bed longer than you normally would have and soon you will be sleeping longer and waking up much more rested. Avoid your daytime nap in the early days till your night time sleeping pattern becomes normal. Then you can easily go back to your power siesta as well!

Get regular medical check-ups

Monitor, manage and record your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your weight in a regular systematic manner. If you don’t have any of these challenges, consider yourself blessed. It is necessary for you to get annual medical check-ups done and if you did not get a checkup this year, resolve to undergo a comprehensive check up in the New Year.

Finally, as you celebrate during this festive season with your loved ones, raise a toast to the coming year, but with a smaller glass!

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The author is a Business and Executive Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers.

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10 Reasons why we must not vote for a Coalition Government

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Given the surge in popularity of the BJP in the run up to the elections, it is understandable that there would be concern amongst opposition leaders who are battling to save their dynasties and their relevance. What is more surprising are articles that have started to glorify coalitions where authors have started to hope for a coalition Government at the centre.

A coalition is defined as an act of union between a group of individuals who share a common set of values or a common vision. Political coalitions have adapted the meaning of coalition to mean a temporary alliance for combined action but still with a common set of goals for the larger good of their constituents.

In the forthcoming elections, the now defunct mahagathbandhan has a single point agenda of removing the BJP at the centre. That is it. Unlike earlier coalitions, this time that constituents of the mahagathbandhan have not even been able to come together with a common minimum programme. No one can agree on who will lead the coalition. They blatantly fight in the states and collaborate at the centre.

Coalition Governments around the World are always weaker and less decisive. Compromise and tolerance are the general dharma of most coalition Governments where adjustment and acceptance of parochial needs takes priority over national needs.

Let us examine the flaws of a coalition Government as is evident not just in India but around the World and then make our own assessment as we step out to vote.

  1. Federal Structure is compromised: Coalition Governments by their very definition is a group of small parties that come together because no single party can form the Government. This leads to the major challenge of who will lead. We have seen chief ministers by rotation so that personal agendas can be met. We must ensure that we do not allow personal regional party agendas to determine the path of our nation.
  1. Strong vs Lame Duck Prime Minister: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had famously remarked when asked about the telecom scams that he headed a coalition Government and was therefore unable to do anything. The leader has no option but to compromise when faced with a challenge that suits a single party but not the nation. Areas like GST, Bankruptcy Code, Social welfare schemes like Aadhar, Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat, National Health scheme and others have been on the agenda of Government for the past 2 decades but could not be implemented because of coalition Governments.
  1. Constitution of India: The Constitution has stipulated that 100 areas can only be decided by Parliament and not by States; These include Defence, Foreign Policy, Common currency, judiciary, federal taxes, airlines and several others. Coalition Governments have vested interests on most of these matters. They need to make a change for their constituencies and they always figure out ways to bypass these areas.
  1. Fiscal prudence is compromised: In order to meet the vastly varying financial demands from its coalition partners, governments have been known to compromise of fiscal prudence. Regional and state requirements take precedence. It is common to see high rates of inflation and high fiscal deficits which lead to serious structural flaws in the national economy.
  1. Promises are made with no intention of meeting them: Voters need clear accountability so that they can ask their leaders to deliver on their poll promises. Coalition partners always have a credible excuse for not delivering on their promises. Corruption is also seen as an acceptable practice to meet the needs of various political parties who demand their pound of flesh. No one is accountable.
  1. Health and Education: State controlled subjects like Health and Education are a case in point. Everyone unanimously accepts that Health and Education need everyone’s focus. We can see the huge disparities that exist in states. Why do our politicians believe that all people are not equal, and some states have better health and education and others do not? The same applies to most other areas that have been handed over for governance at the State level.
  1. Personal agendas drive decision making: Given the 5-year duration of parliament and even shorter duration of coalition understandings, the political parties know that they have a short window to maximise financial gains for their respective groups. This is what we have seen in the UPA Government from 2004 to 2014 and nothing gives me confidence that the thinking will change if they come to power in 2019.
  1. Foreign policy: World politics is changing from a borderless world to a world that is beginning to draw borders again. Only strong countries with strong leaders will be able to carve out a place in this new World that will increasingly respect strong economies and strong defence capabilities. We have seen the criticism of Uri and Balakote. We can already hear rumblings of breaking away in Kashmir if any action is taken on article 370. A coalition government, by its very definition will always be weak and therefore will compromise the country’s interests in the national arena.
  1. Decision making slows down: Understandably, when there are dozens of individuals who believe that they can lead the nation better than others in the coalition, they have their own set of divergent views on every subject. Therefore, decision making on even the simplest of matters needs the support of everyone thus slowing down decision making.
  1. Any party can pull the plug: Coalition Governments are frail and always walking on thin ice, not knowing when cracks may appear. They are supported by a group of individuals who have no common ideology. The first step is to start making statements against the coalition, next is to sulk and the final step is to withdraw support thus ensuring that the house of cards will collapse. Several instances of Governments hanging in their or compromising their values have been seen and continue to be seen.

Can India afford to have a weak, unstable and selfish set of coalition leaders with their own personal and private agendas run this nation and fritter away all the significant gains we have seen in the past 5 years?

Remember the old line “Too many cooks spoil the broth?” Do we want to see musical chairs for the chair of the Prime Minister? Are we willing to see a new Prime Minister every 6 months?

Most Governments are elected with less than 40% votes. However, simple mathematics does not work. If two warring parties add up their votes in the previous elections, they will automatically assume that they will sweep the next polls. They also assume that their voter is gullible enough to vote for a combined party and forget all that has been said by their fearless leaders against one another in the past.

We need a single party that has the required 272 seats in Parliament. This will ensure that the leaders will not have to compromise on decision making that suits small regions and not necessarily the nation.

We need to vote with our heads and make sure that we vote for a single party with a strong leader that can help the millions of young people achieve their dreams.

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The author is an Executive Coach and an Angel Investor. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books, The Brand Called You; Reboot. Reinvent. Rewire: Managing Retirement in the 21st Century; The Corner Office; An Eye for an Eye; The Buck Stops Here – Learnings of a #Startup Entrepreneur and The Buck Stops Here – My Journey from a Manager to an Entrepreneur. 

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Chikungunya, Dengue – Are we prepared?

The inept handling of Encephalitis in Bihar is there for everyone to see. It is sad and appalling to see the apathy in our health care system.

The monsoons are around the corner.

Malaria, which was supposed to have almost disappeared from Delhi is back with a vengeance. Chikungunya is an emerging, mosquito-borne disease caused by an alphavirus, Chikungunya virus. The disease is transmitted predominantly by Aedes aegypti and Ae. Albopictus mosquitoes, the same species involved in the transmission of dengue.

Over the years, we have learned that Chikungunya results in high fever accompanied with severe debilitating pain, especially in joints.  Rashes can also be seen in severe cases. Weakness, dizziness, continuous vomiting leading to dehydration, very poor oral intake and bleeding are dangerous signs. We have been told that we must not let water collect anywhere and many people have been challaned because of their errant ways in managing water!

When confronted with an epidemic, politicians will blame bureaucrats who will blame the Municipal Corporation of Delhi who in turn will blame the politicians. Ministers will justify and find reasons on how this happens every year and happened under other Governments. TV anchors will scream at the top of their voices about accountability and newspapers will give these stories headlines, gradually relegating them to inside pages.

The poor patients will be left running from one hospital to another, crying for their loved ones.

The wonderful cycle of life will continue. Monsoons will retreat, water logging will dry up, hospitals will see lesser patients, the subject of ill patients will disappear from the news channels and hopefully, mosquito borne diseases will disappear for one more year. Everyone will heave a collective sigh of relief and as always happens in our country after every epidemic or emergency, the problem of this year would have been “managed” and given the short public memory, this year’s challenges would soon be forgotten.

Knee jerk reactions to a health scare seems to be the norm rather than the exception with us.

The monsoons, the mosquitos and the diseases come every year. We know that this problem recurs every year and will continue to recur in the years ahead till we are able to eradicate the disease. So why is it that we are not able to plan earlier and reduce the severity of the impact of these mosquito borne disease? Why don’t our Governments have a task force that will focus on planning for the coming year?

It would be fairly simple for the Government to take the following steps before the monsoons (though this may already be too late for this year):

  1. Identify and map the areas – Hopefully, after last years’ experience, the authorities would have mapped all the areas in our cities which they have identified as prone to collection of water. With proper planning, we can ensure that steps are taken to rectify all such areas well before the onset of the monsoons.
  1. Epidemiological evidence – Based on the records for the current year our health researchers would be aware of the strain of the virus and medication needed to handle this.
  1. Quick reporting of the outbreak is essential – this would mean setting up situation rooms / monitoring and evaluation centres in areas where we have seen the problem. These need to be manned and monitored with clear accountability and responsibility documents and communicated.
  1. Laboratories – These become a huge bottleneck every year. We should ensure that laboratories are identified and communication sent to the citizens. And of course, we need the tariffs for tests agreed and announced in advance.
  1. Feedback from laboratories needs to be collected on an hourly basis and analysed for course correction. Delays can prove to be fatal for some patients. The teams that should collect feedback should be ready now rather than hurriedly put together before the mosquitos strike.
  1. Funding for the epidemic needs to be set aside for all the actions that need to be taken now. Scrambling for budgets and ad hoc approvals is time consuming and unacceptable when the time lost can save lives of human beings.
  1. Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and doctors should be identified and numbers and prices need to be widely advertised well before the outbreak.
  1. Education of the citizens is an ongoing matter and should become a part of the curriculum of schools rather than delay action till the problem strikes. Education should be in the areas of what to watch out for and where to report the disease. In addition, people need to be educated on making homes mosquito free; spraying all rooms with safe aerosols; using mosquito nets; covering water containers; drying water tanks, pets’ bowls and potted plant plates; not letting water stagnate and other such preventive steps.

Once a clearly documented plan is agreed and in place, getting it activated will be quick.

If Sri Lanka, one of the worst victims of malaria, can become malaria free, as certified by the World Health Organisation in September 2016, is it too difficult to hope that India too can reach levels of cleanliness where malaria and other mosquito borne diseases will no longer plague our citizens?

Finally, no mass health programme can work unless there is clear accountability established. No politician, bureaucrat or health worker can be permitted to throw up their hands and shrug their shoulders.

Health is a state subject, but citizenship of India is not.

Collaboration between the centre and the state is essential if epidemics need to be handled.

The blame game needs to stop immediately.

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The author is an Executive Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers. 

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Lessons from State Elections – Will the BJP Learn?

191224 BJP Political Map                                                                Courtesy: News18

One more election loss in Jharkhand after Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and barely scraping through in Haryana.

It seems that losing elections at the States has become a habit that the BJP is not being able to reverse. State leaders keep satisfying themselves by saying that they are the “largest party” in the state. Justifying performance with an increased or similar vote share is relevant only if you the victor otherwise it seems like “sour grapes”.

BJP state leaders must remember the old line “no one remembers who came second”.

Nothing is more brutal or painful than coming second in politics.

It will do well for the BJP leadership at the state level, while going through their “chintan baithaks” to analyse the reasons for consistently not making it past the winning post in the last several elections despite a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

Let us look at some of the reasons the BJP has been losing the plot in so many state elections.

Lok Sabha Elections are different from State Elections

The message that is coming through loud and clear after the various state elections is that the Indian voter has now become far more discerning than the politicians thought they were. The voters are willing to now recognise that they want leader a who addresses National issues at the Centre. However, they want a different leader who addresses their local issues, who can help to resolve their daily challenges. State chief ministers cannot keep talking about National Security issues, Pakistan, India’s international reputation or India’s large Foreign Exchange Reserves.

The Chief Ministers have to perform. Too much reliance is being placed on the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. Yes, they are leaders of the BJP, and their presence definitely boosts the party’s prospects. But their charisma can do very little with the voters if the state leadership is not performing. This evident from several sitting Chief Ministers of the BJP losing the elections.

At the end of the day we are back to who addresses the basic needs of the people which are simply – Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan. It is a pity that these 3 basic requirements have still not been met across the entire country after 72 years post-independence. This commitment to be delivered to the people no matter what it costs, irrespective of which party that maybe in power in a State.

Is Corruption Back in the States?

The voters have trusted the Prime Minister with his famous comment “na khaunga na khane dunga”. The voters trust him and know that he is absolutely clean. This is why they have reposed their trust with an unprecedented second term with a larger mandate.

While the BJP government at the centre is seen as the cleanest the country has seen for a very long time, the same story is clearly not being heard in the several States where the BJP has lost power in the last few elections. There is talk of corruption at states and the general comment is that the BJP government in the Sate is no different from earlier Congress or Regional Governments.

If corruption is back, then the election results should not be a surprise.

Anti-Incumbency

Anti-incumbency is always one of the reasons why parties lose elections. But when the loss is wiping out the significant games that the party has seen at the national level then the reason for the loss goes beyond anti-incumbency.

It would be interesting to analyse the performance of all the sitting MLA’s who have lost the elections. Have all these local leaders delivered on the promises they made to their constituencies in the previous elections? Have they remained in touch with their voters? Or did they, like most politicians, starting pontificating and blaming from their ivory towers once they were elected?

Only when their elected representatives are not performing will any voter take the decision to vote for someone else. This is the harsh reality and must be accepted by all.

The Opposition is Coming Together

Opposition parties are coming together and though their ideologies are completely different, most of them are willing to bury the hatchet, forget their diverse ideologies and come together on a single platform of defeating the BJP at all costs. They have realised that a united opposition could create the wedge they have been looking for to prise open the ranks of the BJP.

To all these parties, delivering on the promises made in the diverse manifestos of these parties is not relevant at this stage. These parties know that their differences will certainly become an issue in the next few years. However, they would have achieved their short-term objective of slowing the BJP juggernaut.

What this will do to governance in the States that are now being run by coalition Governments is yet to be seen. But that is another subject altogether.

Infighting in the BJP

Infighting in the BJP is clearly increasing.

It is a pity that State leaders, instead of working together are busy destroying their opponents. If this is happening at the top, then it is certainly percolating down the ranks.

Are these differences cropping up because the BJP has, indiscriminately admitted various opposition leaders who simply wanted to “jump ship” and join the rising star of the BJP? It would be interesting to see what happens when most of these leaders who had crossed over now look for opportunities to go back. Once they are back in their original party, they will become a thorn in the side of the BJP.

Or is it because, like the Congress and other opposition parties, BJP leaders have also become prima donnas? Are these BJP leaders also forgetting that they too are mere mortals who can be defeated if they don’t perform?

Clearly, the voter is turning away from the BJP not because they have changed loyalties to the other parties who they have rejected in the past. They are doing this because they are disappointed with the BJP leadership at the State. Unless this changes, the saffron colour from the map of India will keep reducing.

Can the BJP reinvent itself in the states as it has done at the centre fast enough for the forthcoming elections in Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal?

Will the voter see BJP as the party with a difference, with very different standards of ethics or will they see the party as just another party that can be tossed aside if they are not performing.

Only time will tell.

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The author is a Business and Executive Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers.

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