BJP eyes Ben­gal, Odisha and Te­lan­gana to im­prove tally in 2019

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Af­ter its splen­did vic­tory in Ut­tar Pradesh, where it won 312 seats of its won and dec­i­mated the for­mi­da­ble Sp-congress al­liance to a mere 54 seats, the BJP seems to be in a mood of no re­treat. The fact that it was also able to form a gov­ern­ment in Goa and Ma­nipur, where it was a dis­tant sec­ond to the Congress but man­aged to pull through a ma­jor­ity with the help of smaller par­ties and in­de­pen­dents who were re­port­edly bribed, the BJP is con­fi­dent its "by hook or by crook" pol­icy will bring it to power in states it had hith­erto not ex­isted. And the east tops its list.

The BJP is eye­ing the east­ern states of Te­lan­gana, Odisha and West Ben­gal. The de­ci­sion to hold its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive meet in Bhubanesh­war on 16 April was also part of its strat­egy to bol­ster its pres­ence in the Naveen Pat­naik ruled state. With op­po­si­tion Congress in the dol­drums, the BJP is hop­ing to fill up the anti-biju

Janta Dal space and of­fer tough com­pe­ti­tion to the rul­ing party by the time the state goes to the hus­tings for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

In fact to cel­e­brate the grand win in UP, the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive meet, is sources are to be be­lieved, was ini­tially be­ing planned to be held in Luc­know. But it was BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah who changed the venue to the cap­i­tal of Odisha as the event could be a im­por­tant plat­form to boost up the cadre and get them in elec­tion mode. It also sent a clear mes­sage to the peo­ple of the state that the BJP is ready­ing it­self as the al­ter­na­tive.

In West Ben­gal, the BJP is in a never-be­fore like war mode against Didi aka Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, Chief Min­is­ter of the state. The CBI is al­legedly be­ing used to ha­rass rul­ing Tri­namool Congress lead­ers. In Jan­uary this year, the CBI had ar­rested Sudip Bandy­opad­hyaya, se­nior leader of the TMC and MP.

On 17 April, the CBI has fur­ther booked 13 Narada scam ac­cused un­der Sec­tion 7 and 13 of Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act, and it is likely that the ace in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency will also ar­rest them. The whole ex­er­cise is be­ing viewed by many as the BJP'S witch-hunt against the Ma­mata led gov­ern­ment in an at­tempt to gain ground in the state and win a hand­ful of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Al­ready, the BJP has sur­prised poll pun­dits when in Kan­thiby­polls in April, it se­cured 30% plus votes and bagged the sec­ond place af­ter push­ing the CPM far be­hind.

The same strat­egy is be­ing played out in Te­lan­gana where af­ter an ini­tial bon­homie with Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao and his Te­lan­gana Rash­trasamithi, the BJP has changed track to emerge as the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party. The Congress is in bad shape in both Te­lan­gana and the See­mandhra re­gion fol­low­ing the bi­fur­ca­tion of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

If sources are to be be­lieved, the BJP has also iden­ti­fied nine Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies where it is go­ing to use all tac­tics to out­smart the TRS. These nine seats are Se­cun­der­abad, which it al­ready oc­cu­pies; Hy­der­abad, Nizam­abad, Bhon­gir, Ma­habub­na­gar, Karim­na­gar, Malka­j­giri, Medak, and Waran­gal.

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