...the Parliamentary poll results were neither a victory for Congress nor a defeat for BJP. "Voters wanted to teach the Third Front a lesson for blackmailing the government".He was speaking about the reasons for the BJP's failure, of course.
While this statement is strongly reminiscent of M.S. Golwalkar's unceasing quest to posit one or the other "common enemy", it has a more important message: that the BJP will never learn.
Even if one were to agree that India punished the Third Front (which wasn't formed sufficiently before the elections for the voters to even recognize the existence of one), why shouldn't the same voters have voted for the BJP instead?! Do you dare answer that question, Mr. Advani?
We'll tell you why, and try to get this straight:
Because the Congress had a larger spread across India, built better relationships with state-parties and remained open to federalism, and didn't believe anything as foolish as a Hindu vote in a predominantly Hindu country. Now it's because your party just doesn't get the point that amidst tall claims of turning India into a "bipolar polity", you're plunging India into the same old unipolar polity of the Gandhi urf Nehru urf La Famiglia Italiana.