BJP's road ahead - Amit Shah's grand challenge

Delhi Assembly poll's stunning result in favour of Aam Admi Party (AAP) has left Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in introspection mood.

BJP became the first non-Congress party to win a parliamentary majority on its own in the history of independent India. To rewrite its success story of 2014, the party should rework on its strategy for upcoming Assembly elections in 2015 and 2016.

Delhi Assembly election result has come as setback for the BJP at a time when it has been riding high after stunning victories in parliamentary elections and recent assembly elections. Perhaps in the long list of factors contributing to this defeat was also the mood of its grass-root workers as they are key to success ranging from local body election to parliamentary elections.

In the last more than one year, the BJP won elections in crucial states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Now the time has come for party to gear up for the State elections due to be held in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu later this year and in 2016. That consolidation of the anti-BJP vote can dent its electoral prospects has a exposed a chink the Modi-Shah led BJP armour that was impenetrable so far.

Bihar where election is due in last quarter of this year is facing political turmoil which may result in an early election. It remains to be seen how much of a concern the grand consolidation of votes between RJD JD-U and Congress will pose to the BJP. The solace for the BJP is the coming apart of Nitish's Mahadalit social coalition over his petty politicking against his own CM nominee Jitan Ram Manjhi. While keeping its distance from the JD-U implosion, the BJP should pay attention to strengthen booth level workers to turn voters towards the Party.

The BJP stunned political pundits by winning seven of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam last year. It has fare chances of forming its first government in the state if the party's central leadership could energises the state party unit to widely reach out to the people of Assam. Assembly elections in West Bengal is due in 2016 where Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress and Left party are considered main rivals. BJP has to make its own way to create another history. BJP had increased its performance in Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal by and by and reached to two seats, from one in 2009. South Indian states Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also heading for the assembly polls and Union Territory Puducherry will go to polls in 2016. BJP which failed to win even a single parliamentary seat in Kerala should try to make an alliance with other parties to make its presence felt in the Assembly election. The same goes for BJP in Tamil Nadu also where Amma wave swept Modi wave in parliamentary elections. BJP and its alliance party PMK managed to get Dharmapuri and Kanniyakumari seats only.

Courtesy Niti Central



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