BJP's master strategist made UP unit battle-ready in less than a year
Amit Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Lok Sabha elections incharge for Uttar Pradesh, has turned a moribund state party unit into a battle-hardened machine in less than a year. The party's top leadership is convinced Shah has also succeeded in striking a fine balance between spreading BJP's complex political discourse of development and Hindutva, while at the same time adeptly adjusting to the requirements of the state's caste-based politics.
BJP may breach southern fortress
For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), southern states of India, except Karnataka, have remained a tough terrain. While the BJP has grown leaps and bounds in other parts of the country, electorate in India's south has traditionally preferred a whole gamut of regional parties, besides the Congress and the Left. But it is likely to change in this Lok Sabha election as the recent India Today Group-Cicero survey reveals.
Voters’ fatigue looms over UPA
Across India, there is anger against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The diminished prospects of UPA, as reflected in a series of opinion polls, in the ongoing general election have been attributed to anti-incumbency or voter fatigue with the existing parties in power. The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been trying to fan the flames of popular resentment against the policies and actions of the government...
Modi glue binds splintered Maharashtra
The Republican Party of India, which has never subscribed to Hindutva, is showcasing Narendra Modi as a mascot to consolidate Dalit votes in favour of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a powerful farmers’ organisation, is citing the “Gujarat model” to highlight the agrarian crisis in Maharashtra.
Allies Give BJP Hope South of Vindhyas Too
On Sunday, when BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed an election rally at Haveri in Karnataka, that was his 13th in the southern state in the past four months. The 63-year-old Gujarat chief minister is expected to address three more rallies before the state goes to polls on April 17, and this shows the party's focus on turning around its fortunes in a state where it badly lost assembly elections less than a year ago.
Lok Sabha poll purse
ELECTIONS TO the world’s largest democracy—as per data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on February 14, 2014, there are a total of 81.45 crore registered electors in the country—don’t come cheap. If a recent report is anything to go by, a whopping R30,000 crore is likely to be spent during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls (the figure includes the total poll spending by the government, political parties and candidates), making it by far the most expensive electoral exercise in Indian history.
Hindi belt in Modi's thrall
Voters are set to give the BJP up to 68 of the 120 seats in these two states, the party's vote share projected to jump by a game-changing 17.5 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and 16.7 per cent in Bihar. Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh and Nitish Kumar in Bihar are the ones yielding the most to Modi. Uttar Pradesh has been at the heart of the Modi campaign, with the Gujarat chief minister himself contesting from Varanasi in the eastern part of the state.