29 September, 2020

A Wee Swing To The Right

The BJP is placed ahead, but just. Look out for a hectic-and quite probably vicious-campaign

A Wee Swing To The Right
outlookindia.com
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If politicians are considered slippery, the electorate is proving slipperier. Just six months ago, as Vajpayee and the BJP flopped and floundered, opinion polls were giving the Congress a clear mandate at the Centre. Then Kargil happened, and everyone, expert and layperson, declared it would be a sweep for the BJP. Now the Outlook-cms poll shows the electorate's mood is not such an easily divined thing. The BJP and its allies will make it back to power, but likely by a surprisingly slim majority. Vajpayee, fuelled by Kargil, will be the singular engine of the BJP's return. And, wonders, Sonia Gandhi personally is not doing badly at all and is, by a long shot, the only leader who stands up to Vajpayee's ratings.

The savvy parents' guide for school-going children-it doesn't matter how you do for 11 years as long as you max the board exams-is working beautifully for Vajpayee. The charisma of the "first non-Congress politician with a pan-Indian identity" has multiplied and his popularity cuts across most social barriers. The Outlook-cms poll has revealed that for the...

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