BJP leaders present in Parliament House suggested that announcements related to farmers and middle-class would add to their talking points of the 10 per cent quota and the government’s readiness to release the land around the disputed Ayodhya site.
On paper, the maths is in favour of the SP-BSP alliance. But will Battle Uttar Pradesh 2019 be only about maths, or also the proved chemistry of Modi? And will Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dent either of the two? The Indian Express travels through 11 Lok Sabha constituencies to find out.
The move appears to be an attempt by the BJP to open fresh opportunities given the re-energised Opposition. In particular, it signals a bid to wrest control of the pre-poll narrative and throw the Opposition off balance.
Every 5 years, elections are fought amid new ideas that were not central to the previous polls. This time, the additions include nationalism, social media as everyone’s tool for connecting with voters, MeToo, and a repositioning of parties in the secular-communal debate.
The pitch changes from ‘Abki baar’ to ‘Fir ek bar Modi sarkar’. BJP will be missing the novelty factor and will have to rely on what its govt has done rather than what previous one did not. For Opposition, boosted by recent Assembly results, the question is how it gets together, if at all.
While tribals are unevenly distributed across Madhya Pradesh, one-fifth of the Assembly constituencies in the state (47 out of 230) are reserved for them. The BJP had won 31 of those seats in the 2013 elections.
While “change” is in the air after 15 years among a section of the rural strata, it doesn’t appear to have been supplemented by a coherent Congress narrative among voters lower down the economic ladder who want to vote out the Chouhan government.
Beyond the declared purpose for targeted welfare/subsidy delivery, Aadhaar has grown as a digital infrastructure created by the government that served as a platform for creating a host of authentication-based services for the private sector.
BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday asked senior party cadres from across the country to highlight the BJP government’s achievements of the last four years to counter Opposition parties for the 2019 elections.