Modi’s Litmus Test

India Today - - MAIL -

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

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