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