Veteran BJP leader and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur Murli Manohar Joshi has written a cryptic letter to the voters his constituency. The single-sentence letter says a lot more than what is not written in it. It points where senior most leaders in the party stand today.
Murli Manohar Joshi said that Ramlal, BJP General Secretary (organisation) told him not to contest the upcoming general election from Kanpur or elsewhere. (Ramlal has been acting as a bridge between RSS and BJP since 2006.)
The intent of the letter (see at the bottom) seems to be not to complain about anything but to convey the way the senior most leaders are handed down orders.
The 85-year-old Joshi was BJP general secretary when the party was formed in 1980. He was the HRD minister in Vajapayee-led government. He was the sitting MP from Varanasi seat and vacated it for Narendra Modi in 2014.
Unsurprisingly, LK Advani, architect of the BJP, chose to keep mum when the media and Opposition party leaders cried foul after he did not figure on BJP’s candidates’ lists for parliamentary seats.
Some news stories, however, suggested that Advani too was upset, not over contesting the election, but over the way the instruction was given to him to refrain from the poll fray. (He and few others were reportedly asked by Ramlal to voluntarily declare their unwillingness to contest).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah may be presently doing a commendable job in identifying young talents. It doesn’t mean senior most people who dedicated their life to build the party, and who are responsible for the political career of present leadership, shouldn’t be given more graceful and respectful exit.