PM Modi Gives up Vado­dara, Amit Shah May Con­test Seat

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - NISTULA HEBBAR

Naren­dra Modi has de­cided to re­tain his Varanasi seat and give up the Vado­dara seat. While the buzz on BJP’s Vado­dara can­di­date for the by-elec­tion cen­tres around gen­eral sec­re­tary Amit Shah, his project of re­vival of BJP in Ut­tar Pradesh is of greater in­ter­est.

Fo r m e r P r i m e M i n i s t e r Man­mo­han Singh is said to have re­marked to Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter YS Ra­jashekhar Reddy in 2009 that he was Prime Min­is­ter be­cause Reddy was in CM in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra had elected more than 30 Congress MPs in 2004 and 2009, which helped UPA as­sume power.

While Andhra and Tamil Nadu had a dis­pro­por­tion­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the two pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments, thanks to the num­bers UPA had from these states, UP, de­spite a rich bank of 80 seats has been de­nied a seat at the high ta­ble for decades. “In the past, seats in Ut­tar Pradesh have been di­vided be­tween SP, BSP, then BJP and Congress. Only in 1998 did UP give 57 seats to the then NDA govern­ment and gain promi­nence at the Cen­tre,” said Dr Prashant Trivedi of the Giri In­sti­tute in Luc­know.

For BJP, Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s re­ten­tion of Varanasi serves a dual pur­pose. “Modiji, in his years as a pracharak spent many years in north In­dia. By choos­ing Ut­tar Pradesh he proves that BJP is a na­tional party, not given to parochial­ism,” said a se­nior BJP leader. That pan-In­dia def­i­ni­tion, leav­ened with heart­land ethos and pol­i­tics, had been the main­stay of Congress’ sin­gle party rule in the past. BJP, which has found the key to form­ing a sta­ble g o v e r n me n t a t the Cen­tre via UP, has un­wit­tingly brought the Ba­narasi babus back in vogue in Delhi.

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