BJP’s UP Drive a Bi­har Re-run, But it Hopes for a Dif­fer­ent Re­sult

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

on law and or­der. In Bi­har, the prospect was of a worse crime sit­u­a­tion emerg­ing once Lalu Prasad joined the gov­ern­ment, but such a sce­nario al­ready ex­ists in UP, BJP lead­ers claim.

Some things are dif­fer­ent. While BJP’s Bi­har hoard­ings were­dom­i­nat­ed­by­face­sof Modi and Amit Shah fan­ning the ‘Bi­hari ver­sus Ba­hari’ cri­tique, BJP in UP has been wiser to project UP ne­tas, even though there is­again­noCM­face.BJPfeel­sUP is much dif­fer­ent from Bi­har with more ur­ban seats and lack of a “real” grand al­liance given Mayawati­is­not­partof the­same. Rahul and Akhilesh, how­ever, ap­pear con­fi­dent that there ex­ists a big fac­tor in UP like the one thatkep­tBJPat­bay­inBi­har.If it wasthereser­va­tion­com­mentof RSS’ supremo Mo­han Bhag­wat in Bi­har, it is de­mon­eti­sa­tion in UPwhich­willsinkBJPinUP,the two lead­ers have in­di­cated in their speeches. While Lalu Prasad and Ni­tish Ku­mar milkedtheBhag­wa­treser­va­tion com­ment in Bi­har elec­tions, Rahul and Akhilesh are stress­ing on the dis­com­fort caused to peo­ple due to de­mon­eti­sa­tion. UP’s ver­dict could there­fore be the ref­er­en­dum on de­mon­eti­sa­tion that BJP wishes for.

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