- Pollsters surprised to see national leaders campaign
- It is Modi-Shah strategy
- The real target is Assembly elections
Hyderabad: Many political analysts and pollsters are surprised to watch BJP national leaders coming to canvass for local GHMC election. But there is a deliberate strategy which is executed and monitored by Delhi heads of the BJP. It is difficult to understand the real motives behind the moves made by Modi and his right hand Amit Shah.
Local elections lead to Assembly, Lok Sabha polls
If we look back at Gujarat panchayat elections, we may get a little idea of their mindset. In 1987, Congress was dominating the politics in Gujarat when Ahmadabad witnessed municipal corporation elections. PM Modi was then a general secretary of the BJP in-charge of the corporation elections. He took the election seriously and big leaders like Vajpayee and Advani were persuaded to campaign for those elections.
Modi did it in Gujarat first
Modi was the first leader to observe the popular anger against the Congress that was under current in the voters at ground level. His master plan worked and BJP won a landslide in those elections and went on to win Gujarat Assembly elections, a few years later.
It was followed in UP
Modi has managed the local bodies to Parliament elections as he knew very well that local body is key to governance. Even in 2012-13, in UP, BJP took the municipal polls seriously and a year later went onto win 73 Parliament seats from the state. They know very well that having representative in every ward will give big win in both Assembly and Parliament elections.
No wonder BJP took GHMC seriously
There is, therefore, nothing new in BJP taking GHMC elections seriously. As soon as the party bagged Dubbak Assembly seat in the bypoll, the party leaders understood that anti-incumbency sentiment against the ruling party, TRS, is increasing and moved to win one more southourn State with their action plan. For this, they started inviting leaders from parties like TRS, Congress irrespective of their positions in that party. This is all to bowl TRS in mind game and to strengthen BJP at root level.
It is clear that opposition parties are in a hurry to understand the strategy which can’t be visualized until the last move .On one , the BJP is trying to unite the Hindu votes in the name of ‘Hinduthva’ and on the other side it is inviting the opposition leaders into their party. It is almost one shot- two birds, the GHMC elections and getting ready for the future war in the Assembly elections.
Don’t ignore Ram Madhav’s tweet
Last but not the least, there is a lot of meaning whenever Ram Madhav tweets before elections or counting. On the counting day of Dubbaka by Poll, soon after the counting started he came up with a tweet that some change is going to happen which could be seen in the result . Now once again he came up with a tweet which reads, “GHMC elections have turned into a direct fight between BJP and MIM, TRS is receding as election date is nearing, Best wishes to BJP candidates.” Don’t take this lightly as many calculations are there after GHMC poll. Until then, watch the speeches and promises of leaders during the few days that are left for the campaign without getting emotional.
(This Article has been reposted with permission from Primepost)