With the passing away of former Union Minister and Member of Parliament Shri Arun Jaitley, the Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA Government has lost its go-to man for troubled times. Being the Finance Minister during 2014-19 NDA government, Mr Jaitley handled many difficult situations like Demonitization, GST, the alleged Job loss scare to name a few. Not just a man for intellectuals but a man for his party in tough times as the spokesperson, Mr Jaitley always stood strong to play the anchor position for his party. The BJP has today lost one of its iconic soldiers who steered the party through tough times.
He very calmly filled the boots of his colleague, late Pramod Mahajan who played the anchor role for the party and the government during the Vajpayee-Advani Era. Pramod Mahajan, a former Union Minister and party general secretary was called the Laxman of the party by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his extravagant contribution towards building alliances and gathering funds to strengthen the party. After Mr. Mahajan tragic demise in 2006, Jaitley took over the responsibility with time to become the mainstay of the party.
As the party mourns the loss of its senior leaders like Vajpayee, Gopinath Munde, Manohar Parrikar, Ananthkumar, Sushma Swaraj and today in Arun Jaitley, the Atal-Advani era of the BJP seems to be reaching it’s extinction stage. Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi who are the only leaders alive today, are also in the wrong phase of their age. BJP has lost many of its senior leaders in the past 5-6 years
With the BJP today standing on the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, a question arises as to who would be the Mahajan or the Jaitley or the Swaraj for BJP in 2024 or 2029 when the party will have many of its senior leaders having crossed 70 years of age.Young turks like Yogi Adityanath, Dharmendra Pradhan, Anurag Thakur and Poonam Mahajan, who could come to the fore with a huge legacy behind their back, are currently working on significant responsibilities with the party or the government. But only time can tell how the party copes with the probable void to create a strong bench strength for its future.