it's his personality, all zero that way. You got to be likable to win, at least not come across as a sourpuss. He's like the anti-social silicon valley nerd who needs a sales guy to sell him.
i think he got hounded by the BJP for visiting Jinnah's tomb in Pakistan and calling him secular. I think he's partially right on that score. Jinnah was as secular as Nehru.
[As an aside- i think both were self-serving politicians... If you read Freedom At Midnight, you'd read accounts from the British authors of how the partition might have never happened if the british knew that Jinnah was dying. The guy who hid that fact from the world was Jinnah's hindu doctor. Some irony]
i also fault the BJP for flip-flopping on important reforms/ policies. They were for many of the recent reforms when they were in power, until they turned in opposition. Of course, the congress too has flipped. In that fregard, I dont buy into the "inclusive" model of growth that is touted as an alternative- that's the kind of policy that has made India into the largest welfare state in the world, and will eventually make beggars out of everyone.
my biggest reason for wanting Modi is that he can rule with a firm hand, and will be pro-growth. In the long-run that will be good for all Indians. At least that's the hope. Am totally bummed out withf the looting and the wealth and opportunities lost... Would also like to see every Indian treated equally, with perhaps the only criteria for welfare schemes being how poor someone is, not what caste/ religion they come from
just rambling now, but i think Advani does not offer any hope. He's too plugged in into the existing state of affairs. I am sure the BJP also has their fair share of scams and they probably have a gentleman's agreement with congress to loot and let loot... you scratch my back, i scratch yours... as long as someone does not double cross in which case they send the CBI after you... Advani is a part of that old boys network... I'd even have gone with Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi party if it offered any hope of winning, but Kejriwal frittered away the good-will by shooting all over the place. He should have focused on just one or two scumbags, not all of them...
basically i dont see Advani as offering any USP in terms of ideas, economic policy etc... Guy can hardly talk, hardly walk. We had one robot already in MMS, another one the system cant handle.