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Also, local body elections are different from state elections, which are different from LS elections. The full impact of Modi will be felt only during LS elections. The way things are, BJP will lose even Delhi Assembly -- 4th straight defeat in the home state and base of Sushma and Jaitley,
Delhi BJP is not out of touch with reality; it is chasing a different one, one that Cong wants it to, starting from Omerta about Sonia to collusion in framing dubious, communal laws to shielding Congress for its involvement in mind-blogging scams. Jethmalani, to my mind, is doing a great service.
Support then would have raised LKA's stature; contrived opposition to it and the shenanigans that followed showed him in very poor light and MMS as a man who could be trusted. A won battle was lost then itself, the margin made worse by Trojans who made sure it was turned into a battle between the two, Sonia placed above them both, Omerta in place.
Same goes for the Anna Hazare movement. After appearing to be on Anna's side, the BJP supported (but for one line) the dead and deceiving Lok Pal Bill produced by the Congress.
Gadkari is the icing on the cake of crap baked by Jailtley, Sushma and their supporters in BJP HQ.
These rootless, compromised leaders are going to lead BJP to ruin. Wonder why it does not worry -- scare actually -- the party that these guys have screwed it up so badly that, despite the many unpardonable 'sins' of Sonia and her team, they are nowhere on the popularity charts. That Sonia, MMS and even Rahul are more popular than them today is as damning an indictment of their performance and abilities and integrity as can be.
Unfortunately, they seem to be in no mood to give up the reins of the party. The RSS seems to be supporting them too. If that's correct, then Sonia will undoubtedly get another five years. If that happens, she will finish of the BJP-RSS challenge for good, and then play with smaller parties like toys. And the great plunder of India will continue.
A Modi-Rahul contest will be a Tiger-Lamb affair, best efforts of media to help Rahul notwithstanding. And, yes, social media has and will play a stellar role in reversing the damage done by paid media.
If this continues, there is every likelihood of Cong coming back to power, as you have mentioned. It is impossible to believe that BJP's leaders don't know it. And that is more worrying than anything else. Sonia can afford to be brazen.