New Delhi, Dec 29: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved historic victory in the Lok Sabha elections held in 2014 contesting in the name of Narendra Modi. The BJP successfully implemented the similar strategy in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir and received good result. But after facing humiliated defeat in Delhi and Bihar, the BJP is losing faith Modi wave.
After consecutive defeats in Delhi and Bihar, the BJP leaders have decided not to contest Assembly elections in Assam scheduled for next year and in other states. The party is also expected to announce its chief ministerial candidates well in advance. “Although Delhi showed the first signs of fatigue with the Modi-centric strategy, Bihar results confirmed this,” a senior BJP leader was quoted by The Scroll. “Now the situation is such that the party would have to suffer if it continues to seek votes in the name of the prime minister,” he added. (ALSO READ: Financial inclusion at core of government’s focus, says Narendra Modi)
In the next year and a half several states, including Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are going for poll. Of these, the BJP has little or no chances in Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and in Punjab it plays a junior partner role of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Since Assam, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are crucial and the BJP is leaving no stone unturned for better outcome.
The BJP has already taken first step in Assam by not projecting Narendra Modi as its electoral face. The party has appointed Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal as the new president of the party unit in Assam as well as the chairman of the state election committee. Sonawal will be declared party’s chief ministerial candidate soon.
The BJP has adopted the strategy that the state unit presidents will be declared as chief ministerial candidate well before elections and the party would jump into the poll on their names. However, the saffron party is in dilemma when it comes to choosing party chief in Uttar Pradesh. The central leadership is confused whether the new party chief should be from an upper caste or from OBC (other backward classes).
The new strategy indicates that the BJP is in no mood to take the risk of seeking votes in the name of Modi. The new approach may create a new challenge for Modi – if it works, it would snatch his erstwhile status of being his party’s most precious political asset and rival faction would raise voice against him.