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Odisha: Pyari BJP Equation in the build-up

 

Posted Wednesday July 06, 2016

Odisha, Politics, Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, BJP  
 
The old-love of Pyari for communism was later subdued by the green of socialist ideas, which have been the frame-work of the Janata Dal regime when he was the Principal Secretary to then Odisha CM Biju Patnaik. The communist turned socialist turned into a capitalist when he batted with the POSCOs and Vedantas for Naveen in the BJD and blew the capitalistic conch for the party across Odisha for twelve long years before the conch was either snatched from him or was stage-managed and usurped depending on the version of Pyari or Naveen as the case maybe in BJD’'s palace politics.  
Dr Sasmit Patra  
 

Pyarimohan Mohapatra a.k.a. “Chanakya” of Odisha politics has been flirting with the Bharatiya Janata Party of late. His recent utterances about willing to doing business with BJP in case approached could at best be attributed to his coquettish charm in the fore-play of political match-making before the 2014 elections. The recent rebuttal by the newly appointed BJP Odisha President K.V.Singh Deo might have been a dampener for Pyari’s hopes but the suggestive statements by BJP former Odisha President Suresh Pujari that Pyari has been in touch with BJP leaders in Delhi also holds several meta-truths which are playing on the minds of people in Odisha.

So what is the big deal if Pyari does want to embrace the Saffron brigade?

 

He is entitled to his share of political match-making considering he was the one that gave the green signal to Naveen Patnaik for divorcing BJP before the 2009 elections and had played match-maker between BJD and BJP for nine long years apart from resolving their marital problems which erupted from time to time. The recent furtive glance by Pyari towards the BJP belies his confidence which he has been exuding for the past ten months since the fateful 29th May, 2012 night.

Pyari has been a communist at heart since his college days which he has openly admitted. His old-love of communism was later subdued by the green of socialist ideas which have been the frame-work of the Janata Dal regime when he was the Principal Secretary to then Odisha CM Biju Patnaik. The communist turned socialist turned into a capitalist when he batted with the POSCOs and Vedantas for Naveen in the BJD and blew the capitalistic conch for the party for twelve long years before the conch was either snatched from him or was stage-managed and usurped depending on the version of Pyari or Naveen as the case maybe in BJD’s palace politics.

Now the communist-socialist-capitalist Pyari desires to turn saffron. It points to three key indicators which denote the Chanakya-niti at play by Pyari towards the fag end of his political career when he wants to play his last bid at glory and wipe the obnoxious scar of a “beimaan” slur thrown at him by Naveen. Firstly, Pyari is playing for lost glory and redeeming his pride which has been consigned to flames by Naveen. The protégé has managed to out-play the guru and therefore Pyari needs to make his presence felt in the 2014 elections since he has already over-played his cards by promising too much in the media and fears that his bluff might be called in the coming elections in case he falters at the electoral altar. The Odisha Jan Morcha which he has launched and hopes to turn it into a political party has been a non-starter. All his team-mates in the OJM have promised to later falter and thereby have pushed Pyari into a much deeper spot of bother. None of his team-mates in the OJM have strong electoral experience. A couple of them have pockets of influences in their respective communities or groups but none of them have been able to help Pyari turn OJM into a pan-Odisha socio-political platform which Pyari had hoped for.

Secondly, in the absence of his OJM team faltering at the start-up, it has put enormous pressure on Pyari to cobble together a strong organizational base for the OJM and that too within the next six months with a later 2013 election or early 2014 election being a distinct probability. The hyped membership drive of the OJM has also been a damp squib which started with great fanfare but has ceased to live up to its reputation. This is where the BJP fits him hand-in-glove. The BJP with the dedicated grass-root cadre of the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal along with strong support from the Saraswati Sishu Mandirs and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashrams could provide a formidable organizational manpower for Pyari to deploy on the electoral chessboard if he ties up his OJM with the BJP. This also helps BJP since its leadership has been at sea in Odisha since 2009 and having Pyari shore up their strategy and resources could not only dent Naveen which Pyari wants but also resurrect BJP which has been on the long road to oblivion in Odisha.

Thirdly, Pyari’s MP status in the Rajya Sabha is unaffected similar to the case of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh and just as Amar Singh floated his own political party for the UP elections in 2012 while his MP status was safe despite being expelled from the Samajwadi Party, similarly Pyari could float OJM as a political party and fight elections in 2014 and keep his MP seat safe. This would also help him to later jump into the NDA bandwagon by supporting the BJP with his OJM MLAs in Odisha and becoming a Cabinet Minister in Delhi in case the BJP led NDA forms the Government. Worst case, he fares badly, he could still finagle his way into the NDA Government and if the Congress comes to power with the UPA, he could still flip sides and support it with even a couple of MPs from OJM and his own Rajya Sabha MP vote. This would also in all likelihood push him into a senior Cabinet minister rank in Delhi.

Therefore it makes perfect political sense for Pyari to join the BJP. The only negative fallout of Pyari’s wedlock with BJP might come from his team-mate in the OJM, the minority leader Swarupananda Patra. It is common knowledge that Swarupananda had in 2009 supported Naveen and BJD ostensibly on the grounds that Naveen had parted ways with the BJP and therefore the minorities could feel safer as the BJP has been kept at a distance by Naveen in the aftermath of the Kandhamal violence. The mind-game gamble paid off as the minorities across various districts in Odisha voted overwhelmingly for Naveen more than for their love of BJD. The logic made sense to the community. But with Pyari now closing ranks with BJP, Swarupananda is increasingly under scrutiny from the minority community on the stand he takes in case Pyari’s OJM weds BJP. If Swarupananda continues with Pyari despite Pyari’s love-affair with BJP, it could irreparably damage the leadership that Swarupananda has built in the minority community and the community which lives in perpetual fear of the BJP would be forced to again re-look at Naveen or Congress in case it is able to reach out to the community with sincerity. If Swarupananda makes his move to back the BJD or the Congress or even stay unattached, then he could hope for some reprieve and would come out of this ensuing melee unscathed and the community’s faith restored. Therefore, caught between the devil and the deep sea, Swarupananda Patra might be forced to choose the deep sea instead of Pyari. This could give a body blow to OJM and Pyari considering that apart from Swarupananda the OJM particularly does not boast of any team-member with Pyari who can claim for some dedicated numbers in the vote-bank.

Despite all these permutations and combinations, Pyari is playing to the gallery at the moment, hoping to stitch either an alliance of parties which seems doubtful or finally succumbing to the charms of the BJP. As for Naveen, he has firmly shut the door on Pyari and if Congress does not pull up its socks in time, is headed for a home run yet again. For the Congress, Pyari wedding BJP is good news. Then the Congress could hope for a win by default with Pyari doing the damage to Naveen in his fit of fury. The BJP still holds about 15% vote share in Odisha and if Pyari marries the BJP, he could still bring down Naveen who benefitted primarily from the vote-share shift from BJP to BJD in the 2009 elections especially in western Odisha and tribal areas where BJP used to reign strong before 2009. It makes perfect political sense for Pyari to marry BJP. It would only give him a stronger hue of communalism and gift Naveen a stronger hue of secularism by default. The communist-socialist-capitalist-saffron Pyari’s Chanakya-niti has been put to the test for the first time in his political career. His survival or political demise will mark whether he was a true Chanakya or a hype of the times.

[Author is a political analyst turned politician]

 
 

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