Anyal­y­sis

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s cam­paign­pitch­inUt­tarPradesh is get­ting eerily sim­i­lar to its cam­paign in Bi­har more than a year­ago,eve­nas­thep­ar­ty­ish­op­ing for a dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent re­sult this time. If in Bi­har, it was crit­i­cis­ing the grand al­liance for be­ing an “op­por­tunis­tic al­liance done by two sworn en­e­mies (JDU and RJD) for their po­lit­i­cal sur­vival”, in UP Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is putting the same charge on Rahul Gandhi andAkhileshYa­dav,ques­tion­ing how they have em­braced each other af­ter Congress slammed SP for months and even took out a ya­tra say­ing “27 saal, UP be­hal (UP suf­fer­ing for 27 years)”. BJP warned the crowds in Bi­har that ‘jun­gle-raj’ would be back in Bi­har if Lalu Prasad storms to power in league with Ni­tishKu­mar.InUP,Modi­is­reel­ing out fig­ures of crimes un­der Akhilesh Ya­dav gov­ern­ment to makelawan­dorder­inUPthe­biggest plank of his party’s pitch for power in the state. If in Bi­har, the PM ad­vo­cated the same gov­ern­ment in Bi­har and the Cen­tre to avoid a sit­u­a­tion where the state does­no­tu­tilisethe­money­sentby the Cen­tre, Modi did the same in Ali­garh two days ago when he read out fig­ures say­ing how UP did not let the money sent by Cen­tre for de­vel­op­ment projects per­co­late to the peo­ple. Even the ques­tion posed by the PM in Bi­har – where he re­peat­edly asked the crowd, “bi­jli aayi (did you get power sup­ply)?”, only to be­metwith­amut­e­dresponse–is be­ing re­peated in UP where the PMhaspromised­h­is­fo­cu­son­the acro­nym VIKAS (vidyut, or elec­tric­ity, kanoon or law and or­der, and sadak or roads). BJP’s op­po­nents have been quick to point out the sim­i­lar­i­ties. Congress vice pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi has said BJP will suf­fer the same fate in UP as in Bi­har and took a jibe at the PM say­ing he has never spo­ken about Bi­har ever since his party lost­the­p­oll­s­there.The“₹ 15lakh not com­ing in ac­count” jibe of Lalu Prasad has been bor­rowed by Akhilesh and Rahul for their speech­esinUP.SPlead­er­ssaythe PM’s at­tack on the rul­ing party for­badroad­sisway­off the­mark, sim­i­lar to his at­tack on Ni­tish Ku­mar on elec­tric­ity, given that work has ac­tu­ally hap­pened in the state on this score. But BJP says the SP has lots to an­swer for

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