Stakes are high for BJP in 5 state assembly polls
New Delhi: The stakes for the BJP are high in Assembly polls announced on Saturday as the Saffron Party is in power in four states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipura, while Congress rules the state of Punjab.
The biggest challenge for the BJP is not only to retain these four states, but also to make its political presence felt in the Punjab, which the Saffron Party jointly contests with the Punjab Lok Congress of Amarinder Singh and the Shiromani Akali Dal ( Sanyukt) by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.
The ruling BJP spares no effort to retain four states and win the Punjab, as this election will set the country’s political narrative for the upcoming general election.
The defeat of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and other states will strengthen the opposition and also give a boost to much-talked-about opposition unity. Likewise, retaining Uttar Pradesh will increase the BJP’s chances for the next general election.
Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases – March 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, 3 and 7.
“It is still believed that the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll will set the tone for Lok Sabha’s polls. Likewise, the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls this time around will also set the agenda either in favor of the BJP or against it in the run-up to the 2024 general election. larger state with 403 assemblies and 80 seats in Lok Sabha, is politically very important, ”said a leader of the BJP.
To blunt the opposition’s accusations – of the existence of anti-functioning against its state government, of mismanagement of Covid during the second wave, of farmer protests and other problems, the BJP is sticking to it. Aggressively tackles development issues with an emphasis on state development which only takes place due to “double engine government.”
The BJP, however, says there is no opposition in power to any of its state governments and highlights several completed infrastructure projects and social protection measures taken over the past five years.
In the 2017 polls, the BJP swept Uttar Pradesh along with its alliance partners, winning around 325 seats in 403 member assemblies. This time the Samajwadi Party (SP) is emerging as BJP’s biggest challenger. The Saffron party is also not worried about the SP-RLD alliance which could work against it in western Uttar Pradesh.
A senior BJP office official says people have already decided to elect the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “The love and blessings we received during ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatras’ in the 403 constituencies of the Assembly make it clear that the people have already decided to elect the BJP government to continue the uninterrupted development of the state,” did he declare.
The BJP is waging an aggressive campaign to gain political ground in Punjab after its alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ended in 2020 on three controversial agricultural laws. Saffron party leaders believe the Punjab Lok Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) will make political gains in the state. The outcome will also show whether or not the repeal of three agricultural laws has benefited the BJP and its alliance partner in Punjab.
In Goa, where the BJP has been in power for 10 years and will run for the first time in parliamentary elections after the death of its greatest leader Manohar Parrikar, faces the challenge of the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party, the Congress and the newbie. Trinamool Congress (TMC).
In Uttarakhand, whether the change of three chief ministers in four months has benefited the BJP or not, that will be known after the results of the assembly ballot. In March, the BJP appointed Tirath Singh Rawat Chief Minister of Uttarakhand to replace Trivendra Singh Rawat. In July, Tirath Singh was replaced by Pushkar Singh Dhami. The BJP has set itself the goal of winning more than 60 seats in the upcoming legislative elections in Uttarakhand. In the last Assembly polls in 2017, the BJP won 57 seats.
Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand will vote on February 14.
The BJP has been trying to hold Manipur down on development issues and the “bandh, blockade” free state for the past five years. The BJP won 21 of the 60 seats in the 2017 Manipur Assembly polls and formed the government with the support of regional parties.
Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3.