Nice analysis by R Jagannathan. BJP has to do a major rethink if it even hopes to do well in 2014. Inflated egos to mindless posturing: The 7 deadly sins of BJP It is completely out of place for the BJP to be gloating over the problems of the Congress over Coalgate, its embarrassment over having to sacrifice two ministers, and the apparent dent in the Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi relationship due to recent developments. The PMâ€™s name is mud, and Sonia Gandhi has been shown to be the real power behind a toothless government. The BJP may feel vindicated by the fact that all of the media is now commenting unfavourably on the weakness of the PM, including his complicity in the Coalgate scam if not 2G, but this can be little more than schadenfreude. The truth is not just that Manmohan Singh stands exposed, but that the Congress failure is really a reflection of the BJPâ€™s own disastrous performance in opposition. This is why the BJP should now be prepared to lose the next election too. The BJP has simply lost the ability to think strategically, embroiled as it is in its own intra-party leadership games. There are at least seven deadly sins that the BJP is guilty of, and it needs to address them before this country will be willing to give it a second look. These are: 1: Crisis of empty egos. The party lacks any kind of central leadership. It s real leaders are all in the states â€“ Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Sushil Modi, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh and Manohar Parikkar, probably in their order of importance. The headquarters generals are people with bloated egos. They can bark before TV cameras, but cannot win a single seat on their own â€“ from LK Advani to Sushma Swaraj to Arun Jaitley. To top it all, there is the RSS with its own agenda. 2: Policy incoherence. The party has no well-articulated articulated position on any issue. Each leader has his own view on FDI, or food security or anything. As a supposed Right-wing party, the partyâ€™s apparent position on the Food Security Bill is that it wants more people covered â€“ 90 percent, as against the 65 percent the Bill proposes. This is asinine. It seems the only counter the party has for the Congressâ€™ foolishness is greater foolishness on the Bill. The BJP has simply lost the ability to think strategically, embroiled as it is in its own intra-party leadership games. Reuters 3: Mindless posturing: The party has no strategy in Parliament or outside it. Disruptions in parliament once in a while may be unavoidable, but continuous disruption is going to cost the party a lot of votes. The electorate is going to ask â€“ even without help from the Congress â€“ why send these people to parliament when they wonâ€™t let it function anyway. The mindless disruption shows that there is no thought behind any action planned by the party. Even assuming the party wants to fight its battles on the street, it can have a plan for agitations â€“ but there is no such plan. There is only empty posturing. 4: Blind to its own interests. The party does not know the difference between opportunity and threat. Take the demand for the resignation of Manmohan Singh. Has the party thought through what it will achieve by this demand: it is Manmohan Singhâ€™s existence as PM that gives BJP even as outside chance of faring better in 2014 â€“ since everyone knows he has no powers. Once he is gone, how will the BJP benefit? It is another matter that Sonia may have no alternative to Singh, but that is hardly the reason why BJP should celebrate. 5: Misgovernance: The BJP is an open advertisement for misgovernance, not governance. If the next election is going to be fought on this issue, the BJPâ€™s central leadership is hardly the best example of for it. It can brandish Narendra Modi, but the partyâ€™s central leadership has done little beyond playing political games to undercut him in one way or the other. Nor does it have the gumption to opt for someone else. This shows how disorganised and foolish its behaviour is. 6: No survival ethic. The BJP is surviving (not thriving) on the Congressâ€™ weakness â€“ just like the Congress is doing so on the BJPâ€™s weakness. A strong opposition helps create a strong government â€“ but the BJP has been so weak, that it is incapable of affecting the Congressâ€™ fortunes on its own. Put another way, the Congressâ€™ bad governance record and arrogance is a mirror-image of its own ineptitude and arrogance. The BJPâ€™s presumption that the people have no option but to vote for it smacks of arrogance. One canâ€™t now rule out a third front government because the twin weaknesses of Congress and BJP will force people to consider the third option â€“ however incoherent it may be. 7: Indiscipline: The partyâ€™s indiscipline is being explained away as inner party democracy. The BJP wrongly assumes party leaders talking out of turn â€“ on leadership issues, policies, etc â€“ is somehow a sign of democracy. It is not. There is no reason why the party does not act against a loose cannon like Ram Jethmalani, or others who keep making statements on who they prefer as PM candidate. Yashwant Sinha talked about preferring Modi as the candidate, and then said even Advani would be acceptable. And this same Yashwant Sinha was a bitter critic of Advani after the partyâ€™s loss in 2009. One can go on and on. But it is time that the BJP realised there is no such thing as collective leadership without inner party discipline. The party is unfortunately run at the centre by unelectable TV actors and not leaders. It is time for the party cadre to tell them to shut up and elect a true leader.