The following is a comment I made on journalist Kanchan Gupta's blog. He has removed this comment claiming its vituperative and uses intemperate language.
BJP supporters and those who follow current affairs closely may associate development with Modi. But others, thats about 80% of the country, sees him only as a mass murderer. How BJP supporters view Modi is immaterial. Rest of the country neither has the patience nor the necessity to forgive Modi.
BJP is not Modi's private property. We should only think whats good for BJP and the country. What happens to Modi is his problem.
Why can't Modi stay in Gujarat and deliver some 20 seats to the BJP which he has never been able to do? To borrow his own rhetoric, why is he batting at 65% strike rate against a weak Congress in Gujarat when Raman Singh is batting at 95% strike rate against the might of Ajit Jogi and the Shuklas.
And say, why can't he become party president and let someone else become PM candidate in 2014. I concede that Modi excites party workers. So why can't he do stuff that suits him instead of chasing voters away in a poll.
Instead of delivering in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, he went on a ego-boasting, [2014 pre-cursor?] whirlwind tour of the country. And is now plotting [with help from Swapanda etc] to divert any criticism of him in the party. Hardly the sign of a leader.
In 1996, Advani, despite being the champion of the Ayodhya movement, realised that no Indian in his right mind will vote for BJP with Advani as the PM candidate. Hence he whole heartedly backed Atalji. Why can't Modi emulate Advani?
The national BJP and the Sangh have done so much for Modi. Taking him from a lowly clerical job in the party office to making him CM, forgave his murders at great image loss to the party and allowed him to destroy the careers of several Gujarat leaders. But what has Modi given back to the party?
Besides what are the contributions of Gujarat BJP to the national party? Apart from perhaps money, where is the human resource from Gujarat? The only notable leader from Gujarat is Amit Thaker who hardly seems to be doing anything. Even Prodyut Bora, a cell convener has done a lot compared to a morcha head!
Aside: You may also wanna read what I wrote about Modi in October 2007 here. I see my position has changed a bit. Thats the lesson I have learnt from the 2009 elections.