The party’s defeat in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan seems to have given an edge to the anti-Narendra Modi group in the BJP. The group, which is loyal to senior leader Advani is now in advantage position to checkmate Narendra Modi and Amit Shah ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Even as Narendra Modi is preparing for advancing the polls by at least two months, the Advani group is pushing forward the need to change Modi for the next elections. According to the leaders inside the BJP, the Advani group had revealed its names of Nitin Gadkari and Sivarj Chowhan to replace Narendra Modi. The group claims that the BJP’s performance in the elections in the three States where the party had given tough fight to the Congress, is only because of the strength of the local leaders and not that of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
The anti-Modi team is now taking about the waning image of Narendra Modi, and the winning combination claims of Modi-Shah. The big campaign of Chaiwala and NaMo that dominated the 2014 elections is not getting much support this time. There are not many takers for the Chaiwala or Chowkidar or the NaMo slogans of the Modi-Shah combine.
The image built around Narendra Modi in 2014 had failed to sustain as people talk about Modi’s failures. The mishandling of the demonetisation and the mess created with the RBI and the country’s economy, are being talked openly. The misuse of power to favour top corporate leaders like Vijay Malya, Lalith Modi, Nirav Modi and so on and the undue favours rolled out to the Reliance group in the Rafale aircrafts purchase are seen as biggest corruption of Narendra Modi, who had promised a corruption-free government.
This talk is now gaining momentum in the BJP with the Advani group taking the lead. However, it is to be seen if the BJP leadership succumbs to these pressures and drops Modi or goes ahead with Modi as its candidate for the next election.Party’s defeat gives edge to anti-Modi group in BJP