Friday, January 24, 2014
Clear edge for BJP
Whether the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s aspiration will be fulfilled or not is yet to be materialized. But one thing is pretty clear from the mammoth gathering at his rallies and enthusiasms among his audiences that Narendra Modi is ahead of all among the Prime Ministerial aspirants in different parties. UP is the largest state of the country and politically most important, which sends highest number of MPs to Lok Sabha. There are 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP. That is why it is said that power at Delhi goes through Uttar Pradesh. It plays decisive role in determining the power at the Centre. All national political parties have centred their focus on this state. There were two rallies in the state- one of SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and another of BJP’s Narendra Modi. Both were well-attended rallies. Both leaders have claimed of doing better and better in their respective states. SP rules in Uttar Pradesh and claims to rule the state in better way than the state of Gujarat under BJP regime of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Modi claims his achievements in the field of development are far better than ever done in any state of the country. That is why he always talks of his Gujarat model to introduce at national level if he becomes the Prime Minister. Both Mulayam and Modi challenged each other from their respective sites of rallies in Uttar Pradesh. Undoubtedly, Narendra Modi is considered as the development-oriented Chief Minister but at the same time, he is also considered to be promoting hardline Hindutva ideology and has failed to remove the tag of Gujarat Communal violence from his name. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has been considered as the saviour of Muslim minority but his reputation as the messiah of Muslims has got dented after the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh in the month of September 2013. Mulayam Singh aspires to become the PM after the Lok Sabha elections on the strength of his strong Muslim minority and Yadavs backing. But SP government of Uttar Predesh and his son Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s failure to come out of the shadow of his coteries and deteriorating law and order may make a mess of his ambition. If SP failed to win less than 40 Lok Sabha seats, Mulayam Singh Yadav will certainly not be in a position to claim the leadership of a non-Congress and non-BJP coalition in the event of hung Lok Sabha of which there is every possibility. The ruling Congress-led UPA is certainly not returning to power unless and until any miracle happens in the next two months before Lok Sabha elections. The anti-incumbency mood among the people is naturally very high because of Congress’ failure to check price rise and corruption. On these two fronts, it has proved to be zero. That is why it has to bear the brunt of people’s anger. As far as the BJP is concerned, its prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is certainly making an impact on the people and most likely it will emerge as the largest single party after Lok Sabha elections. BJP too cannot get as many Lok Sabha seats as to form government on its own but will must have edge over others.