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News Snippets

  • The convoy of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was attacked in Contai in West Bengal. Ghosh was not hurt.
  • Two side roads being built to ease traffic congestion due to the collapse of Majerhat Bridge in Kolkata will miss the October 8 deadline
  • Mohan Bhagwat says RSS does not want to foist its ideology on anyone
  • In a rare admission, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says Congress played a big role in the freedom struggle
  • SC to examine evidence in hand of Pune Police relating to the arrest of 5 rights activists
  • SC allows manufacture and sale of Saridon, Dart and Piriton Expectorant, the three drugs that were banned with 325 others recently
  • Nitish Kumar says that a seat-sharing deal has been finalized with the BJP, with his party getting a respectable share
  • One of the three prime accused in Rewari rape case arrested
  • Left wins all posts in JNU students' polls
  • Poll strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U)
  • Clashes in JNU over elections for student body
  • Pune school principal, who is also a priest, booked for sexual abuse of male student
  • Rewari rapists called a doctor after they panicked when the girl's condition deteriorated
  • Research by Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar shows that nearly 95% people with ear crease are likely to have heart disease
  • DINs of over 21 lakh individuals who failed to submit KYC will be frozen by the MCA making them ineligible for board positions in companies
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BJP: Is the Honeymoon Over?

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

How fortunes change! The BJP has been handed a sound drubbing in Rajasthan. It has failed to retain both the Lok Sabha seats at Alwar and Ajmer and also lost the Mandalgarh assembly seat. The Congress gained at all three places. It was a major setback for Vasundhara Raje ahead of the assembly polls this year and it immensely improved the stock of the recently-anointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot, the Congress point man who oversaw the elections there.

There is no doubt Raje is facing massive anti-incumbency. But ever since Bhairon Singh Sekhawat of the BJP completed his term in 1998, the state has a tendency to change governments every five years. After Sekhawat, Ashok Gehlot of Congress assumed office, only to be ousted in 2003. His successor Vasundhara Raje was similarly ousted in 2008. Gehlot was again thrown out in 2013. In all probability, it is Raje’s turn to be shown the door in 2018. But that does not take anything away from Sachin Pilot’s and Congress’ excellent show. After all, a vote against the BJP does not automatically mean a vote for the Congress. It has to be earned and Pilot earned it.

An additional factor in these by polls was the belligerence shown by the Rajputs. Miffed by the government’s supposed inaction over their demand to get the film Padmavat banned, the Rajputs had, much like the Patels in Gujarat, decided to teach the BJP a lesson. There were wild celebrations in Rajput areas after the party lost all three seats.

Although it is often seen that people vote differently in state and central elections and all polls indicate that the Modi charishma is still intact, the results of these by polls must come as an eye opener for the BJP high command. The Shiv Sena has already taken a dig at the party when it said that Gujarat was trailer, Rajasthan is interval and the movie will end with the BJP being thrown out in 2019. Although it is not as bad as that, but simmerings of discontent are too widespread to be ignored any further. The BJP must get its act together if it wishes to extend its term in office. BJP president Amit Shah must recognize the fact that bharat is not mukt of Congress. The party is just waiting in the shadows and it will bounce back strongly if the BJP continues to promise more than it can deliver.

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