On December 11, 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party will remember it as a nightmare in its history. The party could not win even one of the 5 state assembly elections, as well as two important states that had been in its bag for 15 years.
As such, since the BJP has given the slogan of Congress-free India, every election has become a ‘big’ election. Since 2014, the BJP’s victory in the local bodies elections has also been confirmed as a seal in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and another step towards the elimination of the Congress party.
In such a way, how can we see these results of the elections for the five assemblies, in which the BJP has only one big cipher? Take Madhya Pradesh, where BJP won 165 seats in 2013, this time it has been reduced to 110 seats. Shivraj Singh Chauhan is not only the Chief Minister who has completed three consecutive terms, but also the established leader in the party before the beginning of Modi-era. While Modi was one of several general secretaries of the party before becoming Chief Minister, Shivraj had been an MP five times before becoming Chief Minister.
Doing Right Things At Right Time
At the time when Modi was busy in trying to declare himself as the prime ministerial candidate, Shivraj was also a claimant of the same post from the Advani-camp. Realizing the vulnerability of the occasion, he compromised the situation and absorbed himself in Modi-bhakti like all the other leaders of the party. He also got reward for this. He is the only chief minister to get a seat in the party’s parliamentary board.
It is easy to say that Shivraj was facing 15 years of anti-incumbency and the fatigue created among the voters, the same factor which ended the BJP’s 15 years rule in Chhattisgarh too. But is there no thinking behind the slogan of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ that the BJP will eradicate the name of the Congress from the map of the entire country for a long time? Is there any room for realities like anti-incumbency and voter fatigue in this Modi-Shah project? Amit Shah himself has already said that BJP will rule for 50 years to come.
With the entire loss of Madhya Pradesh being blamed on Shivraj’s head, BJP spokespersons are saying in the analysis of these results that it is Modi’s popularity that despite 15 years of anti-incumbency, the party has given a tough fight to Congress Has given Let them know that the challenger gives a collision with a fork, not an incumbent. And speaking of Modi’s popularity, he had campaigned in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too. Will the loss of the defeat there be blown on the heads of chief ministers?
Let us cut the bill in the name of anyone, but believe that at some time, what you were saying the BJP’s victory chariot has now stopped. BJP first lost in Gujarat, then failed to get power from Congress in Karnataka and now Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh lost. In Chhattisgarh, I could not win till today with such a big margin.
The gesture is not just towards local anti-incumbency. The public has at least said that it will not vote for the party only in the name of Modi. If you want to vote, you will have to move ahead by chanting Modi’s name. Real development will have to be given in place of jumla development. Will have to give jobs. To make the farmer happy again, to connect the underprivileged to the mainstream, to provide a strong system to the middle class and small and medium traders will have to give a clear map to compensate for the loss.
Need For A Change
For this, the BJP will have to change its language. Have to think ahead of religion, caste, cow-buffalo and temple-mosque. Is such a big change possible only in these last four months before the next Lok Sabha elections? Even if possible, the BJP is not giving any indication of this at all. At this time, only one topic dominates the functioning of the party and the entire Sangh Parivar – Ram Mandir.
It is not just the government’s attempt to raise the issue of the temple with loud noise. Efforts are being made to create a frenzy similar to 1992. Like Babri, slogans are being raised to demolish more mosques. An attempt is being made to mobilize the other community by intimidating one community.
These signs are not only good, their meaning is also clear. BJP is also seen slipping land under its feet. The background of the Lok Sabha elections is ready. This time the seal will not be put in the name of Modi only, it is possible that the finger pointing towards the lotus may not be disturbed by thinking of Modi’s name. BJP needs a new option, a new narrator. At the moment, the opposition has taken a big lead in the race to give a new Narrative.