The announcement of dates for Assembly polls in five States by the Election Commission found the BJP’s national headquarters is filled with anticipation. The results of densely populated and numerically important Uttar Pradesh to the crucial states of Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand will not only be significant in the specific political contexts of these States, but will also project the impact of demonetisation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempts to transcend the segmentary vote bank that the party has depended on till now. The upper castes, especially trading communities, the traditional bedrock of support to the BJP, haven’t exactly heaped encomiums on the Prime Minister on the decision to demonetise ₹1,000 and old ₹500 notes, and difficulties in remonetisation persist. Despite all that, party is expected to get majority vote and keep the carping critics quiet and show the supremacy of the party at all India level.
Jayanthy S. Maniam
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