Yogi wins saffron hearts, but fails saffron’s expectations
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the third most powerful leader in the BJP, after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
Actually, when the BJP wristed UP in the last assembly election defeating the powerful regional parties such as the SP and BSP and the Congress in a tough battle, no one expected that an extreme rightist like Mr Yogi would be assigned to govern the hard-earned territory.
Undisputedly, the Saffron party had a clear plan. It wanted Mr Yogi to grow as much as to help the party win at least seventy seats in the state in the upcoming general election.
Definitely, Mr Yogi has won the heart of all rightist fanatics. But, for the electoral success, it is not enough. Certainly, it is where Mr Yogi lacks.
Unfortunately, the UP CM, who was once considered as the potential successor of PM Modi, has turned out be another Pravin Togadia.
It is good to be reminded at this moment that it was not the Hindu fundamentalist politics that helped the Saffron party to win the country in the last general election, but it was the BJP’s assurance that the country would be developed in the way Gujarat was developed by the party.
Now, the only assurance that can be expected from Mr Yogi is that the country will be polarised in the religious or caste lines in the way it has been done in the state he rules.
It is needless to say that the BJP’s Gujarat model is far less complicated and harmful than its celebrated UP model. The latter may make the RSS happy, not others –even the non-RSS Hindu fundamentalists.
If the present scenario continues, the rightist may not win anything more than 45 seats in UP; if UP does not gift the Saffron party at least sixty seats in the upcoming general election, the possibility of the NDA2 is far less than null.
Vignesh. S. G
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