Idols are better vote-getters than ideology Kanchan Gupta
There is no percentage in pondering over whether the BJP has been overshadowed by Modi's larger-than-life image. The party would not have acquired a cutting edge and made the quantum leap required to acquire power at the Centre in 1998 and 1999 had it not projected Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If those two victories were on account of Vajpayee's charisma and mass appeal, Sunday's win is due to Modi's mesmerising public persona. If the party was comfortable with Vajpayee getting the votes in 1998 and 1999, there is no reason for it to feel discomfited by Modi doing a repeat performance in Gujarat in 2007.
Idols, let's be honest, are better vote-getters than ideology. Kanchan Gupta is Associate Editor of The Pioneer newspaper.