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Amit Shah needs to change his attitude

Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi should not forget that the voters voted them to power because of intolerance of corruptions and scams that happened throughout the UPA regimes. In short, they want you to bring back the Black Money that you promised them during campaigning, which after more than 115 days is yet to be fulfilled. Perhaps our Finance Minister has not yet initiated any step to solve this issue concretely. If he is not an able FM then just sack him from the post, the voters of this country want clean governance. Your governance is same as UPA. You should be intact on your promise, don’t just laurel on your past achievement. Else, you know the power of voters. So think wisely and act wisely.

The centralising style of BJP President Amit Shah has become a subject of debate among party representatives following the set back in the recent by-elections, with the party losing 13 of 26 seats. Those who are more charitable towards Shah’s style point out that the party’s ‘Look East Policy’ of focusing on eastern states as new growth areas continues to deliver results. The party’s margin in Assam’s Silchar constituency more than doubled compared to the lead in Lok Sabha elections, while in West Bengal, the BJP is fast emerging as the alternative to Trinamool Congress, going by the by-poll outcome. There is enough scope for growth in Assam, West Bengal and Orissa that will compensate for the inevitable decline in 2019 in Uttar Pradesh where the party has peaked in 2014.

Amit Shah may or may not be correct as we see people have rejected him in by-polls and it made BJP to take two steps back with Shiv Sena on seat sharing adjustment in Maharashtra Assembly Election. Now, it cannot be so aggressive with other parties. Voters are now wiser than leaders of political parties. Shiv Sena without its real strength could blackmail BJP easily. It is high time for BJP to talk less on Hindutva but talk more on development which may attract voters. People are sick with the politics of polarisation. The affected families of Muzaffarnagar riots have not got justice till now. Rapes and murders were committed on the flimsy grounds of ‘love jihad’. Muslims have not returned to their villages in fear of reprisal and we all have seen what happened in the rehabilitation camps. Now, they will migrate to somewhere else where they will live their life in penury. Is this what we want in future for us?

Narendra Modi made his campaign during parliamentary election only on development agenda and therefore he could win the hearts of people and get amazing mandate. Religion is a way of life and no religion preaches hatred towards others and any campaign other than on development agenda will only meet with defeat. BJP leaders should understand and awake to this aspect and accordingly face the forthcoming elections in other states. Since UPA has caused irreparable damages to the country by way of huge scams, mainly involving politicians of the coalition segment, BJP should utilise this opportunity to establish itself effectively. People of this country are fed up with corruption and ill governance.

The campaign in Uttar Pradesh was highly centralised and allowing Yogi Adityanath to run it way was Shah’s strategy. A BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh also admitted that the Brahmins and Rajputs, two communities traditionally sympathetic to BJP, perceived that their stake in the Modi-Shah project was limited. The perceived sidelining of Brahmin leaders such as Kalraj Mishra and Lalji Tandon, and Rajput leader Rajnath Singh from UP matters will have to be corrected, he pointed out. Seeking to downplay the setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the by-elections to Lok Sabha and assembly seats in various states, BJP National President Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the party would display its popularity by sweeping the forthcoming assembly elections in four states. Now everyone is waiting for forthcoming assembly elections to four different states (Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand). BJP is aiming to make these states Congress-free, but looking at internal disputes within BJP and with their alliance Shiv Sena, this could be a challenge for BJP. Party workers are already disappointed over by-poll results. They are losing faith in their leadership. BJP opponents are happy over the by-poll results as they think that it is a setback for the BJP. This is high time, Shah needs to change his attitude and also BJP needs to realise what people actually expect from them, else time may come back to square one.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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