This year has been phenomenon for BJP, they have performed exceedingly well across the elections throughout the year. Be it assembly elections, civic body or gram panchayat; BJP's saffron flag kept flying high. Not getting the desired win at a few university elections may sound alarming, however they do not figure on a bigger scheme of things.
This time, it is all about elections of two more assemblies - Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Both the states are significant to the principal parties in India - BJP and Congress. They have applied their own strategies, and arithmetic at work to ensure that they regain the control of the assembly and increase their vote share. Amid all of this, I find it interesting to track which way Mr Shatrughna Sinha is trending.
Like all the previous assembly elections post the 2014 Lokshabha elections; Shatrughna Sinha is sending all the wrong signals. He claim to be speaking for the benefit of the party, but the language is more of someone who has sour mouth. He is not given any more importance on election campaigns, and has not been given any important portfolio or positions in the party. He probably knows that his shining days in the party are over, and in most probability his parliament seat in the next election in 2019 is at risk.
BJP also seems to have not a clear strategy on how to tackle a high profile individual such as Shatrughna Sinha. The BJP leadership look to have made a decision to tolerate all the wrong-doings and outspokenness of him at the cost of impacting the party's image. They are probably waiting for him to make the first move.
I strongly believe it is time for the party leadership and Shatrughna Sinha to have an open discussion to allow an amicable end of this sourness. A change of party at this time for Shatrughna Sinha will not do any favors, and will only impact his image and dilute his contributions to BJP for such a long time.
Hope a right sense will prevail soon on both the sides.