Some BJP workers are terming this battle as Dharamyuddh of Mahabharat. Lord Krishna is there, Pandavas are there and Kauravas are also there in the ‘new Mahabharat’. The battle is about to start but not in Kurukshetra but in Gujarat. Just ahead of the Gujarat assembly election, in the battle of Mahabharat within BJP, CM Narendra Modi, as Lord Krishna, would help Pandavas to kill the Kauravas who are being led by Keshubhai Patel.
This is the new face of Indian politics as the battle within political parties has been changed in the century-old battles happened in India. The important part of this battle is that this portrays war that is going within the ruling party BJP. BJP’s problems in Gujarat have taken mythical proportions now.
The divide has become deep just before the election. BJP workers portrayed Modi as Lord Krishna and presented it to Energy Minister Saurabh Dalal in Bhavnagar on his 50th birthday.
In this portrait, just another example of sycophancy in Indian politics, state BJP president Purushottam Rupala is Yudhisthir, Saurabh Dalal is Arjun, and CM Narendra Modi is Lord Krishna with Sudharshan Chakra in his hand. The rebel army of Kauravas is also there in the sketch with Keshubhai Patel as the leader standing with some suspended BJP MLAs.
After sensing a controversy in the making after the portrait issue, the BJP has become defensive and Gujarat BJP spokesman Yamal Vyas said that this photograph is a work of some well-wisher of the party. This is not the official position of the BJP. At the same time, he said that every election is a `Dharmayudh’ in a way and this Gujarat assembly election is also Dharmayudh also.
However, the workers form Congress party, leaving Sonia episode behind, accused the BJP of playing god and hurting Hindu sentiments. Gujarat Congress spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil said that portraying Modi as Lord Krishna is a criminal offence and expressed hope that someone will lodge a criminal complaint in this matter.