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Leaving no stone unturned

Leaving no stone unturned
The top leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has realised the fact that touching the achieving the magical figure of 272 will not be an easy task for the NDA. This is clearly reflective and evident as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been adopting a soft attitude towards the regional parties who can come along to support the Modi’s dream. But with the poll date approaching near the aggression of some of the regional parties against Modi has also come to the fore.

The hullabaloo over ticket distribution and infighting within BJP are clearly giving out some wrong messages from the party which has led many to doubt if the main opposition will be able to repeat Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s victory in 1999. While the veteran LK Advani’s whole act of denials and acceptances over choice of ticket has made it clear that all is not well in the party. But at the same time the incident left a big question that why Advani was reluctant to contest from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, which he has won for five times. The act of denial and acceptance shows that there are some big differences amongst top brass of the party.

Modi has not lashed out yet on Tamil Nadu’s chief minister J Jayalalithaa, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha chief minister Naveeen Patnaik during his poll campaign speeches. While his soft corner, though politically motivated, has been noticed when he cast aspersions on Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Congress leadership and does not utter a single word against BSP supremo Mayawati. Modi is also aiming at tapping in support from Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party, K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress.

If the BJP-led NDA manages to get 200 plus seats, the party will certainly get it tough to reach 272 plus mark as regional parties are looking in no mood to extend olive branch to BJP. Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu has already made it clear that she herself is in the prime ministerial race. Nitish Kumar in Bihar and Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh have also shown determination on keeping Modi away from making his dream true. Now under such circumstances, parties like BJD, YSR Congress, JD-S, NCP and some other regional parties will try to form a new secular front which will clearly get support of the Congress and the Left parties after the polls.

Despite the fact that the stage seems to have set for the BJP as the maximum poll surveys are depicting a Narendra Modi wave across the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) seems as active and concerned as it was in way back in 1977. Above all, the BJP is also getting an edge as the ruling Congress party is facing anti-incumbency threat. Still, bringing all allies on board and getting the magical number to form the government is an uphill task for the BJP.

Indicating there’s a friendship call to Mamata Banerjee, Modi had said in a rally in Kolkata, ‘Mamata will run the state, we will lead the country.’ While, BJP chief Rajnath Singh had supported Mamata’s demand for a special monetary package from the centre. But on the other hand Mamata asked people of the state to stop chanting NaMo NaMo. She claimed that BJP will not get a single seat in states like West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.

Making their power dream true, BJP is leaving no stone unturned in polarising more votes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Getting Ramvilas Paswan on board in Bihar and sending same message to Mayawati in UP, Modi has tried his best in wooing Dalit votes in 120 seats of UP and Bihar. Knowing it very well that ruling party JD (U) and Lalu Prasad-led RJD in Bihar will not support Modi to get his ambitions fulfilled so he is attacking both the leaders alleging that they are responsible for bringing into worst condition. Modi not even bring into discussion the work being done during the tenure of JD (U)-BJP alliance in Bihar.

Modi’s nomination from Varanasi seat shows how serious the saffron party is in UP. The party believes that it will help them polarising Hindu votes in eastern UP and Bihar. Sensing this, Samajwadi Party also decided to field Mulayam from nearer Azamgarh in an attempt to puncture the Modi wave. BJP prime ministerial candidate Modi tried to woo Mayawati but BSP supremo goes on telling the Modi is her first enemy. Incidentally, both BJP and BSP are trying to get maximum number of seats in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.

BJP is in the belief that after the Muzaffarnagar riots, Jat and Brahmins will polarise in favour of the saffron party.
Ashu Saxena

Ashu Saxena

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