Lessons for the BJP
The humiliation that the ruling party BJP had to face in all the five states where assembly election results were announced on Tuesday has left the party red faced as the whole exercise has questioned the myth that the saffron brigade was invincible.
The election results have thrown many a challenge for the party leadership which they need to ponder over and attempt to deliberate about their strategy and the way they have been functioning.
The results have shown that the BJP’s top brass which was functioning in a ‘high command-style management’ needs to change their very thinking and adopt a participatory approach where even the ground level workers are provided channels for registering their concerns and views alike.
For the BJP announcing a slogan of ‘Congress mukt Bharat’ also proved to be a hoax as the party ignored the very basics of democracy by ignoring the fact that Congress though facing a rout in 2014 elections still it managed to get 10.7 crore votes against the BJP’s 17 crore votes.
The BJP leadership also ignored the fact the way Congress leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi was emerging as a leader with commitment and belief. The party leaders treated Rahul as a funny story ignoring the fact that he proved to be coming of age in these elections.
Rahul’s commitment to manage a victory in these elections made him address 82 public rallies and seven road shows since October 6, crisscrossing Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telanagana and Mizoram on an almost daily basis.
Gandhi, during his spirited campaign, raised several issues such as farmers distress, Rafale deal, corruption, and women’s security in all these states. He also raised state-specific issues such as the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and farmers’ suicides in Rajasthan.
However, the BJP kept on its agenda of securing a control of both houses of Parliament by 2022, and thereby being able to make important changes to the Constitution and the system of governance. Though, this fantasy proved to be a myth as the party committed a blunder of ignoring the voter who in today’s world has become more conscious and fragile when it comes to long term commitment.
The party’s vision and outlook was becoming more ignorant in nature that it proved very dearly for them.
The elections results have shown the BJP a reflection of times to come and if the BJP wishes to be relevant then it has to think about renewing its strategy as caste and religion based politics is no longer going to be more relevant anymore.