24 October, 2020

Adventures In Wonderland

Despite Mayawati playing the spoiler, the BJP refuses to give up on its fantastic plans

Jitender Gupta
Adventures In Wonderland
Mayawati has delivered nothing short of a mighty blow to the BJP's national ambitions. By walking out of an alliance in which the BJP had invested so much, she has literally left the party high and dry. The immediate outcome is that all talk of an early general election is over. The BJP will need some time to lick its wounds and catch its breath and will now wait for the general elections to happen as scheduled, that is next year, and try to hold the UP polls simultaneously.

Mayawati was of paramount importance to the BJP for a number of reasons. There was the symbolism of propping up a Dalit woman as CM, which went down well with the larger Sangh parivar keen to transcend its Brahmin-Thakur-Bania base. But more crucial was the electoral "plan" devised by the BJP's national leadership: she would help the party win a chunk of Lok Sabha seats from UP in exchange for the chief ministership.

Reason why the BJP's national leadership had not heeded the warnings of the state unit that the party's base was being systematically destroyed under Mayawati. And now, the BJP has...


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