Guwahati : In what can be called as BJP’s game plan, the ruling party wants or rather say, pray for the continuation of the protest against the unconstitutional Citizenship Bill (CAB) until April 12, 2109 to make up the loss in the Uttar Pradesh.
BJP’s game plan : Eyeing on Bengali votes
As per insights provided by India Today-Karvy opinion poll, it is suggestive that the BJP was staring at huge losses in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to the opinion poll, “If general elections were to be held today, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal would win only 18 seats in the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh. That is a drop of a staggering 53 Lok Sabha seats compared to the BJP’s 2014 tally”.
The BJP insiders informed that the party bosses had been instructing the Assam BJP to provoke the popular protest against CAB with harsh actions and comments so that the protest not only rises and sustain till April 9.
BJP’s game plan: To see the continuation of CAB protests
As per BJP’s calculation, BJP is on the run to garner votes after West Bengal elections which will be held in the second or third phase and hence it is extremely important to ‘encourage’ the popular protest of Assam to go full steam till the Bohag Bihu, which will help further consolidate the West Bengal votes as BJP is desperate to get at least 15 seats in Bengal. At present BJP has 2 seats of 42 in Bengal.
The BJP is expecting 20 seats from North East and 25 from West Bengal and Orissa together. In 2014, the BJP had only 9 seats from NE and this time they are confident of winning 20, a gain of 11 seats.
So if West Bengal, North East and Orissa send around 30 additional seats, that would be some compensation for the massive loss the BJP is staring at UP alone.
Pray for continuation
In 2014, the BJP had nearly wept Uttar Pradesh, winning 71 seats and relegating other parties to single digits. Apna Dal had won two, taking the BJP-AD alliance’s share to 73.
While 2019 remains to be the most anticipated political year for all political parties, especially for BJP, who would have to work hard to get over the multitudes of negative happenings that have shook the ruling party in the last few months.