Alliance Dreams Delay Modifesto
By Pratul Sharma
Published: 06th Apr 2014 09:25:03 AM
In the chaotic laboratory of the national elections, choc-a-bloc with the profusion of various political formulae, regional equations and many a communal calculus, the BJP’s election manifesto has fallen prey to the alchemy of alliances. On Monday, when over 75 lakh voters in six seats in Assam and Tripura trudge to their polling booths to cast their votes, they would do so with no idea of BJP’s poll promises.
Its manifesto will be unveiled only on the same day after an unprecedented delay, having gone through much pruning, tinkering and changes to bring it in sync with its chief campaigner Narendra Modi’s vision—not just poll promises but also with an eye on post-poll prospects. Modi is aiming for a spectacular haul of 300 seats, but the party is aware that in case it falls short of a majority, it would need allies to form the second NDA government in history. Outfits such as the BJD in Odisha and the TMC in West Bengal are strongly opposed to even a whiff of Hindutva. The generational shift in the 34 year-old organisation is evident: the Modi line is today the BJP’s only official line.
The BJP does not want a flowery text-heavy manifesto put together by Murli Manohar Joshi nor a ‘Vision,’ especially one largely inspired by its former party chief Nitin Gadkari. The first has been junked and the second has been overhauled.
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