It emerged from conversations with several leaders who took part in campaigning that the BJP national leadership was told that the issues the party was highlighting had traction, but might not translate into votes.
Internally, BJP was confident the script was working — its own surveys suggested the shrill campaign would help get fence-sitters switch to its side and just days before voting, Shah himself said the party would cross 45 seats.
While the BJP and the Centre talk down the protests, brush it off as choreographed and avoid any engagement with the protestors, the Opposition senses an opportunity to rattle a government that returned to power with an enhanced majority.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Kumar said: “The V-C has the discretionary power to waive any punishment or reduce the punishment... We will be flexible, if you come and explain to the chief proctor’s office."
"I have always believed that agitating or going on a dharma on some issue is a fundamental right of our students. In fact, we have assigned a specific spot in the university where such dharnas or protests can be held," says the Vice-Chancellor.
People are angry over the political situation...As for UP, even today, if you go to villages and ask about the election results, they say it is beyond comprehension that the (Opposition) alliance lost: Akhilesh Yadav.
The BJP gambit is projecting the protest as limited to a “varg vishesh (a select set)”, and the violence as instigated by the Opposition. “What public cause are these protestors espousing over which common cause can be made?” is one BJP line. The other being, “Those who are organising these protests have always been opposed to us. So what is new in this?”
Even as the closed-room talks between NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and the Congress leaders were taking place, and there were revelations before the media by them, the BJP kept its cards close to its chest
While the Mandal demand of caste-based reservations is older, the BJP was the first to politically weaponise Kamandal — seizing the opportunity presented by the setting up of the Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas in 1986.
Thirty years after the BJP’s resolution to build the temple, the issue emerged as an irritant between the party and RSS barely six months ahead of the announcement of 2019 general elections, according to sources briefed about the events.