Modi’s Litmus Test
After L. K. Advani was sidelined by his party, it was almost certain that Narendra Modi will be BJP’S prime ministerial candidate (“Candidate Modi. He has Won the Party. How Can He Win India?”) But Modi’s real challenge begins now. He will have to convince voters that Godhra will not recur anywhere in the country and he must not forget that running a state like Gujarat and a country like India are different ballgames altogether. To complicate matters further, even if BJP manages to topple the Congress, Modi will be heading a coalition government in all likelihood and it won’t be easy for him to deal with coalition partners. His task at hand is anything but easy and will test his skills and temperament.
BAL GOVIND, Noida