BJP Spruces Up Vijayawada For Amit Shah’s Visit On May 25

BJP AP unit is sprucing up Vijayawada for Amit Shah’s visit scheduled for May 25. The spacious Siddhartha Medical College grounds is being readied for the mega event.

Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership in Andhra Pradesh is getting ready for the party national chief Amit Shah’s visit to Vijayawada on May 25. The party has finally zeroed in on the spacious Siddhartha Medical College grounds in the city for the event. As the party is planning to have a massive gathering of over 75,000 leaders for the event, the State leadership is racing against time to mobilise the crowd.

Minister for Health, Dr Kamineni Srinivas, led the party leadership in the State to perform the Bhoomi Pooja for the event. BJP AP general secretary Jammula Shyam Kishore, senior leaders GR Ravindra Raju, V Satyamurthy, V Srinivasa Raju and Lakshmipathi Raja joined the Minister in the ground breaking ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the BJP had formed 25,000 booth level committees in the State. The May 25 meeting would have three members from each of the booth committees that would make the event a success.

Senior leader Srinivasa Raju said that the party had completed the membership drive and had formed the booth level committees. The party would further expand its base in the State and would be ready for the 2019 elections. He expressed confidence that the BJP in Andhra Pradesh would be a right alternative to the people for the next round of elections.

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Amit Shah Confident Of BJP Forming Government In Telangana

Amit Shah started his Telangana tour with a strong indictment of the TRS for not taking advantage of Central schemes. He said BJP will form the government in Telangana after 2019 polls.

Nalgonda: BJP National President Amit Shah kicked off his three day visit in Telangana on Monday expressing confidence that party would come to power after 2019 elections.

“I appeal to people of Telangana to join the journey of development being led by PM Narendra Modi,” Shah said. BJP is the largest party in the world,shah further claimed.

At Theratapally village in Nalgonda district Shah visited a few houses and ineracted with the residents.

Shah blamed ruling party TRS for not implementing Central schemes in the state properly.

Narendra Modi’s Government is implementing many schemes for the poor, women, Dalits, tribals, students and youth. Many of the schemes are not reaching the grass root level in Telangana state, Shah claimed.

Shah particularly mentioned about the toilets scheme of Central government. Nearly 4.5 crore toilets were built across country and State Government failed to utilise the scheme, Shah said.

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BJP Doors Open For Rajinikanth: Amit Shah

BJP Amit Shah welcomed Rajinikanth into the party if he decides to enter politics. Tamil super star has recently hinted at the possibility of taking a plunge into politics.

Hyderabad: BJP’s national president Amit Shah who is on a tour of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said that party is ready to admit Rajinikanth and it is upto him to decide when and whether to enter politics.

Amit Shah said any good person is welcome to join politics and BJP.

Amit Shah denied rumours about Rajinikanth meeting with PM and his secret meet with the Super Star.

Tamil Super Star during his interaction with fans stated that he will enter politics if God decides to do so and gave a call for ultimate war. This led to speculations that Rajini will plunge into politics and ally with BJP.

TN BJP leaders welcomed the decision of Super Star and invited him into their party which was not yet finalised.

Meanwhile, TNCC President Thirunavukkasar felt that Rajini will float independent party and will not join hands with BJP.

“As a friend known to him for 40 years, I think he will not join any national or regional party and will float a new party,” said TNCC chief

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After Amit Shah, Rahul To Visit TS To Attack TRS

Rahul Gandhi will be landing in Hyderabad soon after Amit Shah leaves. TRS says the Congress and the BJP are vying for the second position but both are discredited in the eyes of the people.
Amit Shah (Left) and Rahul Gandhi (Right)

Hyderabad: A week after BJP President Amit Shah departs from Telangana, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi would land in Hyderabad to take on the mighty TRS government. TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy told media on Thursday that Rahul will address a public meeting at Sangareddy on June 1, to ‘expose’ the failures of three year rule of KCR-led government.. The meeting- christened as ‘Telangana Praja Garjana’- will be held a day before TRS government completes three years in office, he added.

Amit Shah will tour Telangana for three days from May 22.

“Both TRS government and NDA government at the Centre have failed to reach to the expectations of people. They came to power with a lot of promise. But finally, people feel cheated and let down,” Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy said.

The TPCC chief denied that the visit of Rahul Gandhi was aimed at offsetting the impact of BJP President Amit Shah’s tour of the State. “It was media’s hype. He is not a master strategist as BJP claims. We have seen Amit Shah’s effect in Punjab and Goa,” Reddy remarked.

Mr, Rahul Gandhi will interact with various aggrieved groups like Dalits, unemployed youth and STs. Congress is making efforts to mobilize more than a lakh persons for the Sangareddy meeting, the first in series of such meetings planned across Telangana.

“Telangana is number two in farmers suicides which amply reflect the plight of  agrarian situation. Chilli and turmeric farmers were in distress. Instead of extending bonus as was being done by neighboring Karnataka and AP governments, the TRS government was handcuffing farmers demanding remunerative price for their produce. The ₹ 4000 per acre assurance was a poll gimmick and ryots wont believe it” he lambasted.

TRS has already indicated that it would go alone in 2019 polls. “The BJP and the Congress are vying each other for second position but finally they would draw a blank since their policies are a copy cat and their leaders have lost people’s faith” TRS MP Vinod remarked.

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Amit Shah To Replicate UP Formula In Telangana?

Amit Shah during his forthcoming visit to Telangana is likely to launch his UP election strategy of forging the BCs as a formidable force to sail with the BJP.

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BJP National president Amit Shah’s proposed visit to Telangana from May 21 is significant in more ways than one. State unit has already stated that the visit would bring a sea-change in Telangana politics and announced that it would go alone in 2019 polls.

In an attempt to give a different direction and boost up the propects of the party, Mr Shah will explore ways to bring more sections into the party.

Party sources said the central leadership is keen to tap the strong BC vote bank that is rooted in Telangana.  Although many of the leaders have already been in TRS, BJP may look into weaning away the second and third rung leaders. Shah is planning to follow the same sort of social engineering  which he successfully implemented during UP elections, sources said.

Mr Shah’s gamble was formulated after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao’s concerted effort to provide 12 percent reservations to minorities. BJP feels that BCs would get alienated from TRS if 12 percent reservations are provided to Muslims. “KCR might have thought of winning muslim vote bank keeping Hyderabad in mind, but across Telangana, he has to satisfy hundreds of backward communities. Even the muslim reservations too will not fructify” a senior BJP leader said.

Shah will initially look into the city of Hyderabad where in a large chunk of BC voters reside. BJP’s strategy appears to be weakening the Congress party further and relegate it to the third or fourth position. Congress was totally wiped out in the GHMC polls. BJP now eyes on whisking away few Congress strongemen that are left, unable to decide their future course of action. They include former ministers D Nagender, Mukhesh Kumar Goud and former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav. Amit Shah is planning to forge the Munnur Kapu-Yadav-Goud combination by taking all the three into the party, sources explained.  Kapus, Yadavs and Gouds are in good number in the city and with the likes of  Bandaru Dattatreya and K Lakshman, party will get strengthened further, BJP leadership hopes.

Danam Nagender has desparately tried to join TRS earlier and even met KCR a couple of times. But KCR is not keen to take him or Mukhesh as he felt that these three are “Udyama Drohulu” (anti-Telangana who worked against the statehood and interests of Telangana). They were even accused of trying for making Hyderabad a UT, thereby invited the wrath of TRS leadership.

Shah will also concentrate on the second rung BC leaders of all parties across the state. “Our effort is to strengthen the cadre and we will be a strong alternative to TRS” Dr K Laxman, chief of Telangana BJP unit said, indicating that they are out to entice the Congress lot.

The party is also trying to tap the TDP which has over 10 lakh committed cadre in the state. BJP understands that though TDP leaders left the party and joined TRS, the TDP cadre remained in tact at the grassroot level. So, now both BJP  and TRS are making plans to allure the TDP cadre as the party is facing leadership crisis. BJP may cite alliance with TDP in the neighbouring AP to win over the TDP cadre, it is said.

Shah appears to have full data on the social segments and he is expected to concentrate mainly on BC leaders of various hues and may go to the extent of  indicating even a BC candidate for the chief minister post in 2019 polls, party insiders say.  BJP’s policy is not announcing CM candidate before the polls. So, Shah may drop enough hints in this regard, it is said. But this will take some more time, insiders added.

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Amit Shah’s Visit Will Witness Sea Change In Telangana: Laxman

Telangana BJP chief Laxman is confident that the forthcoming visit of Amit Shah to the state will herald a massive change in the party.

Hyderabad: TBJP leaders have a strong feeling that Amit Shah’s 3-day visit will witness major changes in state politics and will enable them to come to power in 2019 elections.

According to TBJP state president Laxman, many leaders are eager to join BJP in coming days. He further clarified that party will contest alone without allying with any party as it is conifident about coming to power; He strongly believes that the party will win Hyderabad MP seat also as poor Muslims and Women will vote for BJP.

Amit Shah will kickstart the campaign from Karawan in old City on May 24th and from there he will visit Nalgonda constituency.
Shah will move from Telangana to AP on 24th evening. Meanwhile, the BJP leaders who are looking for oxygen to gain momentum are pinning hopes on Amit Shah’s tour.

The BJP has already started its ground work from past 3 months at booth level. They are mainly concentrating on village voters and explaining to them the benefits they can get if BJP comes to power. Things in Telangana appear favourable to the BJP which is moving with a masterplan to counter TRS. The state BJP has been getting all kinds of support from Delhi.

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Will It Be TRS Vs BJP In Telangana?

Amit Shah is expected to herald sweeping changes in Telangana politics with his three-day visit when many leaders from the Congress and TTDP are likely to meet him.

Hyderabad: Well the political scenario is going to change as per political experts in Telangana for next elections. Amit Shah’s tour may bring a lot of changes in State politics. Amit Shah will be touring Telangana in last week of May.

As per sources, leaders from Congress and TTDP are ready to join BJP to fight against TRS, the only weapon they are looking for political survival is once again MODI.

It is clear that TTDP is in a risk of losing its existence in Telangana state with only 3 MLAs representing the party and with clear indications that the BJP will not join TDP in AP; TBJP leaders are trying to woo the balance of TTDP MLAS into their party. They are mainly targeting the only charismatic leader of TTDP, Revanth Reddy. There are also rumour which suggest that the BJP top leadership said no to a proposal to admit Revant into the party. The leaders pointed out the case of note for vote which Revant is facing. However, all eyes will be on Revant when Amit Shah visits Hyderabad.

Coming to T Congress, though their leader Rahul Gandhi has plans to visit Sanga Reddy on June 1st, few senior leaders who believe that the Congress has no chance to come to power both in the state and the centre, are looking towards BJP.

Leaders from Nalgonda, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam are among those who are willing to join the BJP.

TRS is keenly observing the strategic plan being implemented by the BJP and it plans to move closer to AIMIM, but line is not cleared until now by the AIMIM. At the same time, the TRS is playing a safe game with BJP and recently TRS MP Jithender reddy made a statement that his party will support NDA Presidential candidate.

This is a game plan by BJP and TRS who are trying to gain upper hand in next elections, One wants to regain power and the other wants to use MODI MANTRA to attain power.

We have to see whom the swing will favour after Amit Shah’s tour.

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Amit Shah To Address A Big Meet At Vijayawada

BJP chief Amit Shah schedule for AP tour is finalised. He would address a massive gathering of the party booth committee members on April 22.

Amaravati: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah will address a massive gathering of 75,000 booth level committee members on April 25. He would arrive in the city concluding his three-day tour in Telangana State.

The BJP leaders have finalised the schedule for Shah’s visit and are now searching for a suitable place for the mega event. The party leaders claim that they have already constituted committees for 21,000 polling booths out of the total of 42,165 in the State. The party is now making arrangements to complete formation of the booth level committees for another 3,000 in the next three weeks taking the number of booth committees to 25,000. The Shah’s meeting would have three members from every booth level committee, the party leaders said.

While Shah’s Telangana tour is seen as the party’s attempt to consolidate its presence in Telangana hitting at the ruling TRS government. The BJP in Telangana is giving a tough fight to the TRS government as Opposition and its MLAs are now under suspension from the Assembly because of unfriendly attitude. The BJP leadership thus wants to consolidate its place in the State pulling away from its ally – TDP. Interestingly, the relationship between TDP and BJP has not been going well in TS as the two parties are maintaining distance. The TDP is now getting closer to the Congress in fighting against the TRS government. If the present trend is seen, there is all likelihood of the TDP teaming up with the Congress along with the Left parties for the 2019 elections. It is for this reason, the BJP wants to maintain distance with the TDP in TS and Shah’s tour is set to help the party to reach this target.

When the BJP chief enters AP on April 25, the party wants to project its strength here to the ruling TDP, which is playing a big brother role in alliance. In Andhra Pradesh politics, it is the TDP-led alliance for the BJP with Chandrababu Naidu playing the lead role. However, the BJP, which is the big brother in the national politics is not comfortable with Naidu playing big brother in AP. The BJP wants to maintain its lead in NDA even in AP politics and that is possible only if the party improves its base.

It is towards this target that the BJP in Andhra Pradesh began marching forward forming the booth level committees. The party wants to complete the exercise in the next two to three months. Besides Shah’s visit to the State in the third week of this month, the BJP national executive is slated for three days from August 25 at Visakhapatnam. This would be the time for the BJP to create a positive impact in State politics and the leaders in the State are working on these lines.

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Amit Shah To Visit Telangana For 3 Days From May 22

The BJP has big plans for Telangana. Party president Amit Shah is visiting the State next month for three days to participate in the meetings of booth level workers.

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will spend three days, May 22,23 and 24, in Telangana, party General Secretary Muralidhar Rao told media persons here on Tuesday. Amit Shah would attend three meetings with booth representatives in three days.

Muralidhar Rao said the party has formed committees for 15,000 booths out of a total of 32,000 booths in Telangana. He said Amit Shah would visit Telangana again in September.

The BJP General Secretary said meeting of the National Executive of the BJP will be held in Andhra Pradesh on July 15 and 16. The party is committed to strengthen itself through activating booth level committees.

It is going to be a headlong fight against the TRS. Even if some people thought of a tie-up with the TRS, the latter’s decision to give 12 percent reservations to Muslims has made it impossible, he commented. Muralidhar Rao said the Congress and the TDP leaders are in touch with the BJP and said,”You will see what happens in six months.”

We have decided to make 5,000 persons work full time for 15 days in Telangana, Rao said. He said the padadhikaris would be working in the field for one month from May 20.

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Amit Shah Eyes Telangana: Targets 12 Lok Sabha seats

After the Look East policy takes a concrete shape in Odisha, Amit Shah wants to focus on Telangana where the BJP aims to win all the 17 seats, including Hyderabad.

Bhuvaneswar: Apart from five Lok Sabha seats it had won in the past, fresh target BJP is aiming in Telangana is another 12 in 2019 elections. To plan strategy for this, BJP Chief Amit Shah will tour Telangana in 3rd week of May.

Party will be strengthened from booth level and grass root level and TBJP is gearing up for agitation against Communal reservations which are going to be implemented by TRS Government.

Amit Shah will mainly focus on Hyderabad Parliamentary seat which is in the hands of AIMIM for many years. To win Hyderabad seat the BJP wants to implement UP elections strategy.
Amit Shah’s actual date to tour Hyderabad was April 7 which was postponed due to Parliament sessions and other engagements in Delhi.

National leaders are targeting 12 lok Sabha seats in Telangana including Hyderabad, a part from 5 seats they won in the past. So their main target is 17 Lok Sabha seats and for this Amit Shah is doing ground work with TBJP Chief Laxman who was in Odisha where BJP Executive Committee meeting was going on.

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Is BJP Preparing To Go With YCP In 2019 Elections?

Amit Shah, the BJP president was not keen to meet AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the latter’s recent visit to Delhi. But PM Narendra Modi has spent 15 minutes with YSRCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy. What is going on?

Amravati: The statement of the senior BJP leader Muralidhara Rao that the BJP would go alone in Andhra Pradesh in 2019 elections is now seen as a clear indication of the party to sever ties with the ruling TDP in the State and align with the YSR Congress. The BJP is not comfortable with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and the alliance between the two parties was forced by the intervention of senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu before the 2014 elections. Even Chandrababu Naidu on the first day of his bus yatra that started from Guntur district had declared that he would not align with the BJP that had fielded infamous Gujarath communal violence accused, Narendra Modi, as the prime ministerial candidate. But, in no time he had changed his political strategy and aligned with the BJP, only after the YSR Congress closed its door. The BJP senior leaders including Amit Shah at the national level and others from Andhra Pradesh have advised the BJP to have poll tie-up with the YSR Congress. However, Jagan Mohan Reddy is said to have rejected it fearing damage to his Christian vote bank and losing the Muslim sympathisers.

Now, after three years in power and alliance, the BJP leaders are not comfortable with Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP and Chandrababu Naidu were preventing the spread of the BJP in the State, they allege. Some of the leaders from the State believe that the BJP’s chances of expansion are sealed as long as the party is aligned with the TDP and the party can grow only if it distanced from the TDP. This is clearly understood by the party high command which is looking at the possibility of distancing from the TDP and aligning with the YSR Congress.

Sources in Delhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given 15 minutes interview to YSR Congress MP and strategist Vijay Sai Reddy in Delhi last week, while denying audience to Chandrababu Naidu during the recent NDA meeting. Shockingly, BJP chief Amit Shah too had denied interview for Chandrababu Naidu initially but had to accept it when Venkaiah Naidu himself took the AP CM to the BJP chief’s residence.

The meeting between Modi and Vijayasai Reddy is seen as a breakthrough for the 2019 alliance and new political combinations. While the minds of Modi and Shah are yet to be known outside, it is said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had given his nod for an alliance with the BJP for the next poll battle.

Meanwhile, it is said that some of the BJP leaders from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States are lobbying for alliance with Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. Though Pawan Kalyan is speaking against BJP on Special Category Status issue and is seen soft towards the TDP, these leaders are trying to convince the film hero-turned-politician to withdraw ties with the TDP, if he wanted to expand his party in the State. Perhaps this is the reason why Pawan Kalyan had openly tweeted appreciating the YSR Congress MPs for their role in fighting for the special category status in the Parliament. This small favourable twist towards YSR Congress is seen as a positive development for a new and greater political alignment for the 2019 elections.

The YSR Congress is already said to have made up its mind to share the seats with the two Left parties in the next elections, a thing that Jagan Mohan Reddy did not accept in the last elections. The CPI and the CPI-M too are moving close towards the YSR Congress taking advantage of the special category status demand. If the YCP ultimately chooses to keep away from the BJP, the national party will have to settle for an alliance e with Pavan Kalyan. Given these indications, the 2019 will see an isolated TDP and the Opposition coaxed into one or two combinations making the battle absorbing.

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Is BJP Planning To Go Alone In AP In 2019 Elections?

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages
  • Clarity by May last as Shah is set to address party workers

Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to go alone in the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh. A good number of senior leaders of the party, excluding Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, are in favour of severing ties with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. The BJP leadership sees political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh and wants to fill the slot. The party chief Amit Shah had been telling the leaders to fill the vacuum by taking senior leaders from other parties and enrolling the members from the booth level. The national leadership of the party and a few leaders from the State feel that they were not able to make inroads into the State because of the alliance with the TDP and want to sever ties before they get ready for the 2019 polls.

The party wants to use the presence of senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Daggubati Purandheswari from the dominant Kamma community and Kanna Lakshminarayana and Somu Veerraju from the Kapu community to rope in more number of leaders into the party. According to the leaders there is a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State politics. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is planning to contest the 2019 elections he would only be sharing the anti-government votes, while the vote of the ruling TDP would remain intact. The scope of the Congress regaining its lost ground appears bleak and it is here the BJP wants to make use of the opportunity.

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages. In several places, the TDP leaders have blocked the BJP’s efforts to reach out to the people at the grassroots and enroll them as party workers. The BJP leaders are thus not happy with the alliance and are mounting pressure on the national leadership to break the alliance with the TDP.

It is perhaps on these lines the BJP senior leader Muralidhara Rao had hinted at going alone in the 2019 elections. Addressing the party workers of Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency Muralidhara Rao hinted at the party going alone in the next elections. The BJP had already decided to dump the TDP in the Telangana State where Chandrababu Naidu’s party has lost its ground. The BJP leaders in TS believe that the TDP would be an unwanted burden on the party for the next elections and had decided to drop it. If that happens in TS, the party having ties in Andhra Pradesh also appear bleak.

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Naidu Reminds Amit Shah Of The Promise On Delimitation

AP Chief Minister strongly feels that he can use delimitation of Assembly constituencies to stop YS Jagan Mohan Reddy from coming to power in 2019. Reminds Amit Shah of the promise.

New Delhi: AP CM Chandra babu Naidu felt that delimitation of Assembly segments can stop the main opposition YSRC from coming to power in 2019 elections.

Chandrababu Naidu, who met BJP Chief Amit Shah, offered the latter TTD prasadam and congratulated him on the recent spectacular victory in UP elections. Naidu reminded Amit Shah that delimitation of Assembly segments in both Telugu states was a part of AP Reorganisation Act which has not been implemented for three years.

Naidu suggested to BJP Chief that making use of Section 26 of AP Bifurcation Act should be considered for the sake of delimitation rather than going for amendment of  Article 170 of the Constitution for delimitation as an amendment requires two-thirds  majority in both the houses and also 50 percent of the State Legislatures in the country have to approve it.

CBN remained the BJP chief of the promise of Governor Quota for TDP by NDA and reiterated  his stand that TDP will contest 2019 elections with BJP as its ally.

Mothkupalli  Narasimhlu, who is expecting Governor’s post in TD quota was introduced to Amit Shah by  Naidu. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was also present at the residence of Amit Shah.

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Modi-Shah Plan: Big Push For Hindutva Ahead Of 2019

The Modi- Amit Shah duo whose social engineering game plan has yielded rich dividends in UP polls, has reportedly eyed on aggressive Hindutva agenda for an all-India appeal. ‘caste equations differ from state to state.
  • Ready for gallows for Ram temple: Uma Bharati

New Delhi: Fire brand Union minister Uma Bharati said she is ready for any kind of sacrifice for the construction of a ram temple at Ayodhya. She was speaking to reporters after meeting Yogi Adityanath, Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

“Ram temple is a matter of belief for me and I have immense pride in it… if I have to go to jail for it I will go, if I have to hang myself for it I will do it..If I am executed for it, I am ready,” the foremer Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh remarked.

Uma Bharati was an active participant in the ram temple movement and her controversial remark of “aur ek dhakka maro.. “ when the historic Babri Masjid was razing to ground by the Hindu zealots in 1992 strirred up a row and landed her in legal trouble.

It is quite obvious that BJP leadership is vigorously and methodically pushing the Hindutva agenda before the 2019 general elections and the Uma Bharati and others were said to be tasked with whipping up of Hindu sentiment. The warning of Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh that those who kill cows will be hanged to death; the lynching of a 55-year old man in Alwar distict of Rajasthan by the alleged cow vigilantes and the controversy thereafter, Yogi Adityanath’s Hindutva push and the controversies he has been sparking off each passing day are some of the examples of late. The Modi- Amit Shah duo whose social engineering game plan has yielded rich dividends in UP polls, has reportedly eyed on aggressive Hindutva  agenda for an all-India appeal. ‘caste equations differ from state to state. Local problems too vary. To beat out incumbency factor and win in as many states as possible in 2019 require a uniform all India strategy. The only way to strike a chord in the entire country is to touch upon the emotional issue and ram temple is the option. The temple issue has helped BJP rise big in Indian politics. So, to bank on a tested ground is better and that is what BJP is doing now” a senior Congress leader felt.

Narendra Modi who is seeking a re-election is now on upper note following the landslide win in UP. The Congress- which is down miserably- has to make a herculean effort for a comeback in the next two years. The problem for Modi may come from regional and smaller parties which are expected to gain much in their respective states and domains. Mr Modi certainly needs a strategy that could influence pan India and hence the polarization of Hindutva forces and the vigorous push of the agenda.

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BJP National Chief’s Visit To Hyd Put Off

Fresh dates of Amit Shah’s visit would be announced after the party executive meeting scheduled to be held on April 15 and 16

Hyderabad: The proposed visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah has been postponed, according to MLC N Ramachandra Rao.

Speaking to the media at State party office here on Thursday, Ramachandra Rao said the Hyderabad visit of Amit Shah has been postponed on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister asked Amit Shah to postpone his meeting as he has to coordinate with NDA allies in view of some important Bills likely to come up in Parliament, the MLC said.

Fresh dates of Amit Shah’s visit would be announced after the party executive meeting scheduled to be held on April 15 and 16, he said.

Replying to a query, Ramachandra Rao alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has violated the tradition by not offering “Pattu Vastralu” in Bhadrachalam temple.

KCR’s grandson Himanshu offered the robes on behalf of KCR. It was a blatant violation of protocol also, the BJP leader said, adding that the TRS government should function in a democratic manner and follow decades’ old tradition

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BJP Chief For Hyderabad On April 7

Amit Shah would visit a Dalit habitation in Omkarnagar in Old City where he will have a community meal. Later, he will address the media at the State BJP office in Nampally

Hyderabad: BJP national president Amit Shah will reach Shamshabad airport at 9:00 am on April 7. Straightaway, he will go to Swami Function Hall at Malakpet where he will address a meeting of intellectuals, bank employees, traders and doctors.

After the meeting, Amit would visit a Dalit habitation in Omkarnagar in Old City where he will have a community meal. Later, he will address the media at the State BJP office in Nampally. He will also attend a Hyderabad parliamentary booth level meeting and would interact with party workers.

The national president of BJP would meet BJP office-bearers at a meeting being organised at Harita Plaza in the night. Amit Shah will leave for New Delhi at 8:00 am on Saturday morning.

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Non-Yadav OBCs Hoist BJP In UP

(People’s Pulse)

The margin of landslide victory for BJP in UP has proven even the best of the pro-BJP electoral forecasts wrong and compounded by the 40 plus percentage of vote share that it got along with its allies demands unravelling of the prime determinants catapulting it to the corridors of power after one and a half decade. This exercise entails the employment of elimination process to discount the factors that, at the best, were not crucial in the making of the electoral outcome. On this parameter, four issues merit utmost attention, namely, demonetization, ‘development & Welfare’, leadership and candidate profile. Let’s take them one by one.

Demonetization

Contrary to the stated claim of the BJP, demonetization hasn’t been a positive factor in its impressive victory. In fact, as per the reports the party strategists were quite worried about its negative bearing so much so that one found a complete absence of the issue in all the speeches of Modi. Neither did, any of the leader’s statement or press release throughout the campaign mentioned the issue as a chief electoral plank. On the other hand the party was seriously worried about a probable negative reaction on account of its core voters hailing from, upper castes and Banias and send them feelers by promising agrarian and tax related dividends.

Development & Welfare

On this parameter, BJP simply failed to encircle Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party  as latter- a fact widely reported- was popularly perceived as having an edge in the state even by the core voters of BJP as well as BSP. The specific measures like starting of ambulance services for remote areas, special policies for girl child and female students, massive revamping of Rural Housing schemes like ‘Adarsh Loiya Gram Yojna’ along with focus on public transport and link roads were seemed to have an edge over rivals.

Leadership

The issue of leadership unequivocally went in favour of Akhilesh Yadav and his positive image became a worrying factor in the electoral strategy of both BJP as well as BSP. His extempore and witty speeches and a soft but deterministic image in the post-Samajvadi family feud were seemingly more popular than that of Modi and Mayavati. All the surveys and ratings gave him edge over his rivals throughout the election.

Candidate Profile

As usual, BJP faced the biggest challenge of rebel candidate factor on account of multiple aspirants along with its practice of declaring the final candidate in the last moment, unlike regional parties. The charges of fielding parachute candidate over the local ones have been a ticklish issue bothering the party both in Bihar as well as Uttar Pradesh.

The crucial question now meriting attention is why did BJP win such a landslide mandate despite being on the sticky wicket on the above-mentioned parameters?

The clue lies in unravelling the three dominant characteristics concerning the social base that the party focused meticulously. That the upper castes, who post-2002 had become swing voters, would consolidate behind the party after its capturing the ‘winnability quotient’ after 2014, needed no extra endeavor on part of BJP. In fact, after the ugly episode of BJP Rajput leader Dayashankar Singh’s remark upon Mayavti and the equally vulgar and abusive response by BSP leaders targeting his wife and daughter and BJP fielding his wife as a face to counter Mayavati over the issue helped upper castes further consolidate behind the party. Secondly, this election also witnessed the dilution of traditional Brahmin-Thakur electoral rivalry in favour of BJP. Also, the Banias, the core social base, despite being at the receiving end of demonetization, ended up voting for the BJP albeit reluctantly. Thus, BJP, barring few exceptions, got its 20 percent plus core voters (Upper Castes and Banias) intact despite not investing much.

Moreover, following the pattern of 2014 Lok Sabha election of employing calculated electoral sense on account of winnability  factor, BJP didn’t field a single Muslim candidate despite the community constituting more than 19% of the total electorate. A close analysis would also reveal that the party also didn’t invest much on Dalits, both Jatavs and Non- Jatavs, except for fielding non-Jatav candidates in constituencies reserved for them. In fact, BJP organized systematic rallies and meetings for OBCs, Youths, women as well as farmers except Dalits. Thus, BJP got upper caste consolidation behind it quite easily, didn’t invest much in Dalits and not at all in Muslims, leaving it to focus on the largely loose but the biggest social constituencies, namely, non-Yadav OBCs who according to various estimates constitutes around 35% of the states electorates.

One must take note  that even In the heydays of Mandal agitation in early 1990s, when the OBCs and Upper castes were at loggerheads, the leading and militant face of BJP’s Hindutva over Ram Temple issue, hailed from non-Yadav OBCs, like Kalyan Singh (Lodh), Vinay Katiyar (Kurmi), Uma Bharti (Lodh) etc. These non-Yadav OBCs suffer from a triple¬deprivation syndrome where they feel under-represented in OBC centric parties like Samajwadi Party and Dalit centric party like BSP, leading to develop a jealousy against Yadavs and contempt against Dalits, making them open to align with anyone who pampers them and make them feel represented.

The success of BJP in 2017 election, lies in tapping this social constituency of non-Yadav OBC quite meticulously. In fact, the party organized 200 “Pichhda Varga Sammelan” (OBC Conclaves), one for each two Assembly constituencies, targeting the non-Yadav OBCs throughout the state. This measure was followed by fielding them in significant numbers. Besides, the dominant image of SP as a pro-Yadav and pro-Muslim party and the same plank by BSP of exclusive focus on Muslims ended up alienating whatever the non-Yadav constituency from both SP and BSP, making BJP all the more appealing. Also, the desertion of veteran non-Yadav OBC leaders, like Swami Prasad Maurya etc. before the election took away the edge of BSP among them.

Thus, the triad of Upper castes, Banias and non-Yadav OBC, though failed to catapult BJP in Bihar due to their limited demographic numbers, the same clinched the deal for BJP in UP as the numbers were working in its favour despite facing the difficulties over issues discussed earlier.

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  1. Haarika says:

    Your analysis is completely wrong.BJP started planning for UP in 2014 itself.You know about pradhanmantri ujwala yojana.This is the one which changed everything.Again on demonitisation your analysis is completely wrong.If you see Modi speeches he mentioned about it in every speech.Akhilesh Yadav is only media hype.If you want people’s pulse you first comeout from your political preference then you can see the pulse of the people otherwise​ you have to to do these type of analysis after every election.

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Venkaiah For Lucknow As Observer

New Delhi: Union Information Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav will go to Uttar Pradesh as observers on the 16th to attend BJP legislature party meeting which will elect the leader.

According to Union Minister JP Nadda, Narendra Tomar and Saroj Pandu will be the party observers for Uttarakhand while Piyush Goel and Vinay Sahasrabudde will go as observers to Manipur. Nitin Gadkari is already in Goa.

The Congress has asked BJP president Amit Shaw on Sunday to stop conspiracies and allow the Congress party to form governments in Goa and Manipur since it had emerged as the single largest party in both the States.

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Modi Talks Of New India, Thanks Amit Shaw For Big Win

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke of creating new India by 2022. Participating in the victory celebrations at party office here, Modi profusely thanked party president Amit Shaw, the architect of UP electoral triumph. Modi walked a few yards waving to the jubilant supporters after getting down from car. He was showered with flower petals and thunderous slogans rented the air.

Talking to the supporters, Modi said, “I am seeing a new India, the India of the dreams of the youth. A new India that fulfills the aspirations of women. A new India that is about opportunities for the poor….The poor are saying, we want to progress and we seek the opportunity from you.” He described BJP’s massive victory as an opportunity to serve the people.

The PM said the BJP governments would work for all regardless of some people not voting for the party. The BJP had won huge majorities in UP and Uttarakhand. It is forming governments in Goa and Manipur as well. The BJP had won 312 out of 403 seats in UP Assembly. 13 more seats were won by its allies. It is a remarkable victory for Modi after his historic win in 2014 parliamentary elections. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was asked to go to Panaji as chief minister of Goa.

The choice of UP Chief Minister is going to be crucial since it is a very important State which has 80 Lok Sabha seats. Among the probables are: BJP UP unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma, Union Minister Manoj Sinha and BJP National secretary Sidharth Nath Singh. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also is likely to be sounded.

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PM to deliver first public speech since Uri

Kozhikode: PM Modi will reach Kozhikode, Kerala for a 2 day visit on Saturday. He will fly to Karipur in the afternoon where he is scheduled to address a public rally on the Kozhikode beach in the evening. Later he will also participate in the National Council meet.

According to the sources, the entire government, including the PM’s Office will function from Kozhikode, Kerala for 2 days, since many of the Central Ministers are participating in the National Council of BJP.

As the nation continues to reel from the Uri terror attack, the terrorism issue is likely to dominate the BJP Conclave. PM Modi is set to make his first public address since the deadly terror attack on an Army base in Uri in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.

The party itself sought to focus on the pro-poor agenda. BJP President Amit Shah asked its state governments to execute the schemes aimed at the welfare of the poor in the centenary birth anniversary year of its ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

“It is an occasion for the party to rededicate itself to Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s ideas”, said BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav.

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BJP leaders from AP meet Modi, Shaw

New Delhi: Leaders of the AP unit of the BJP met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday and thanked him for the package the government had announced for their State. AP had observed bandh today in response to a call given by Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in wake of the government decision not to give special status. The Congress and the Left parties had supported the bandh.

The PM had asked Andhra Pradesh leaders to work for the development of their State promising that the Centre would stand by them. The AP leaders of the BJP earlier met the party national president Amit Shah and urged him to address rallies in their State. They made similar request to the prime minister.

The leaders who felt that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had discussed the details of the package with the TDP leaders but did not consult them. There is a possibility that the people back home might think that the AP leaders of the party have been deliberately kept out of the talks.

The PMO gave a short tweet saying that Modi had a meeting with the Andhra leaders of the BJP. A total of Rs 22, 113 crore would be given to AP as a grant to cover the revenue deficit from 2014 to 2020.

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