JDU-BJP alliance was NOT an agreement on the Hinduttva principles. The alliance was based on the omission of Hinduttva or any other contentious issues.
India has changed significantly in the past two decades. So is Politics. But many politicians are not adapting themselves to this change. They are still doing a politics of the early 90s, where all a politician had to do is rabble rouse and shout slogans from the podium. At present, voters (Newspaper reader, Cable TV viewing) are not satisfied with all this political frenzy. They want to be informed of the reasons behind major political changes and decisions.
Amidst this change, spokespersons of political parties have an extra responsibility. The extra responsibility of informing the voters adequately.
BJP-JDU alliance is on the verge of breaking up. This is resulting in allegations from each party. The only thing which can assuage the intensity of these allegations, is the effective communication. This Here means putting effectively the right reasons for the bitterness and parting of ways.
JDU leader Sharad Yadav is an effective communicator. He has knack of picking the right reasons at opportune time.
Responding to BJP’s allegations that JDU has no real reasons to leave the NDA, Sharad Yadav in an interview said (summary):
JDU-BJP alliance lasted 17 years, because leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, assured them that they will not raise contentious issues. The two leaders fulfilled their promise on common minimum programme and the alliance survived all these years. The advent of Modi in the picture, has changed that. And it’s not sure whether BJP under Modi will not raise those contentious issues (polarizing politics, Ram Mandir issue). Hence it’s becoming impossible to remain in the alliance.
JDU’s Sharad Yadav has put the reasons quite effectively. And this cleared much of the confusion in the air. As a party president and as a party spokesperson, Mr. Yadav has done a good job.
Actually, JDU-BJP alliance was NOT an agreement on the Hinduttva principles. The alliance was based on the omission of Hinduttva or any other contentious issues. Agreement to Hinduttva was only to the extent, till it serves a common purpose in Bihar (pull upper caste vote bank and steer way any other alliance). To be honest, both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani respected that arrangement in all its discreteness, and the issues like Ram Temple were set aside.
With the advent of Modi, things may change dramatically. All through this year, till the Lok Sabha polls next year, BJP will do the politics of Polarization in the country. Modi is BJP’s choice for that politics. At the peak of BJP performance, BJP had about 25 percent vote share. At present it lies at around 18 percent. With polarizing figure like Modi, BJP will try to reach to that 25 percent. Under these circumstances, it’s not possible for JDU to share podium with BJP.