Elec­toral mas­ter plan

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Now that we are talk­ing about women and love, what about the earthly an­gels in­volved in the se­ri­ous busi­ness of elec­toral pol­i­tics? For some time now, the ques­tion of how to win the 2019 na­tional elec­tions and the forth­com­ing state assem­blies has vexed most of the BJP lead­er­ship. Pub­licly, Naren­dra Modi and Amit Shah ex­ude ut­most con­fi­dence. Of­fi­cially, the party’s top brass claims that the NDA will cross the magic half-way fig­ure in Lok Sabha, and win all the states be­fore the na­tional elec­tions. But when jour­nal­ists scratch a bit, and talk to the BJP lead­ers in pri­vate, there is an im­me­di­ate ad­mis­sion that the sit­u­a­tion isn’t hunky-dory and tough months lie ahead. How­ever, there is a con­crete plan in the mind of the Modi-Shah duo. In fact, things are work­ing al­most-per­fectly ac­cord­ing to this plan. The Triple Talaq or­di­nance has di­vided Mus­lim fam­i­lies; the women have turned pro-Modi. The game-changer, Mayawati of Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party with cru­cial Dalit votes in North In­dia, has be­gun to dance to Modi-Shah’s po­lit­i­cal tunes. It is learnt that she was told, in no friendly terms, that her choice lies be­tween an al­liance with the Sa­ma­jwadi Party or find­ing her brother, Anand, in jail. (Apparently, the En­force­ment Di­rec­torate has a dossier on her and her brother’s al­legedly il­le­gal wealth.) This is pos­si­bly why Mayawati de­cided to fight the Madhya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh assem­blies on her own. She is likely to sing the same-di­vide-an­dlet-Modi-rule tune in the near fu­ture. An­other move that will ben­e­fit the BJP in Ut­tar Pradesh is the de­ci­sion of Shiv Pal Ya­dav, Mu­layam Singh’s brother, to ditch his nephew ‘Tipu’ (Akhilesh Ya­dav), and start his own party, Sam­javaadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha. The fi­nal mas­ter­stroke of the Modi-Shah duo may come in the form of a po­lit­i­cal purge, and elec­toral sur­gi­cal strike. Al­most 60 per cent of sit­ting MPs and MLAs are un­likely to be given tick­ets in the forth­com­ing elec­tions. Modi, ob­vi­ously, will not sac­ri­fice him­self at the al­tar of an­ti­in­cum­bency. The fact re­mains that Modi was a bit re­strained and guarded in the 2014 elec­tions be­cause he was the ‘Op­po­si­tion’. Now, he is in power, and 2019 may wit­ness a no-holds-barred cam­paign.

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