BJP writes off its two-year rule in Madhya Pradesh
Posted December 6, 2010on:
In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, a person became ‘unperson’ when his memory was erased from the society and the mention of his name became a national crime. That was fiction.
A similar feat, in real life, has been performed by the BJP top brass by making the two-year BJP rule as ‘unBJP’ rule. The occasion was the celebration of Gaurav Divas on the completion of five years of Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on November 29.
The people remember the BJP having come to power in Madhya Pradesh on December 8, 2003 with Uma Bharati as the chief minister. After she resigned in the wake of a criminal case against her in a Hubli court, Babulal Gaur became chief minister on August 23, 2004. A year or so later Gaur was suddenly asked to resign and Chauhan was sworn in as chief minister on November 24, 2005.
Asked why Chauhan was excluding the period from December 2003 to November 2005, a wag conversant with the ways of Chauhan’s functioning remarked with a twinkle in his eyes “because that was the period of anarchy”.
Uma Bharati is no more in the BJP but Gaur is very much part of it and a member of the Chauhan cabinet. All the top leaders, Nitin Gadkari, Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, were present and addressed the bash without mentioning the earlier two years. Does it mean that the party high command recognises only five years of the BJP rule and considers the December 2003-November 2005 period as the ‘unBJP’ rule, George Orwell style?