It is open season in BJP these days. Critics such as Kirti Azad, Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha and MP RK Singh are leaving no stone unturned to find faults with the government. The voices ring loud and clear.
These voices are similar to the ones when Mao relaxed restrictions, thereby allowing those opposed to the Communist regime, to speak up.
‘Lalitgate’ has given an opening to the dissident members in the BJP to speak out against the leadership. This one is also critical of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje, Smriti Irani and Pankaja Munde, while the party is going hammer and tongs defending the leaders.
Yashwant Sinha was heard saying sarcastically, “Leaders above 75 years have become brain dead from the day the ruling government took oath on May 26, 2014.”
Senior MP Kirti Azad has accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of allowing misbehaviour in the DDCA. Jaitley heads the DDCA. RK was the first to attack and his targets were Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. Without naming them, he attacked them for helping a fugitive, Lalit Modi.
But these critics had kept quiet for the past one year under the Modi-Shah combine, as they were told that, to move out of line would be disastrous. But with an embarrassed party and government, those biding their time to hit may embolden others to await their turn to hit the government. This would only further weaken the party from within.