Labyrinths of power

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/5/2018 12:17:48 PM IST

 There are presumptions and assumptions about the likely scenario after the May 2019 Lok Sabha elections on the fate of the BJP under Modi which have sharply contrasted with earlier predictions that BJP under Modi will retain power. Modi even went on to boast that the mandate will be around 300 seats. The changed perception today is that BJP is no longer sure about whether it can retain power. With non-fulfilment of promises made in 2014, rising prices, making all institutions as pliable to political interests and alleged mega- Rafale deal scam; the government has been caught on the wrong foot. However, a closer look at the developments of the past few years reveals something more interesting. The BJP has evolved a strategy of using the Ram temple agenda in an opportunistic way, as a result of which, it often seems neither insulated from nor associated with the issue. Maintaining this gulf enables it to negotiate between its hard-core Hindutva image and the development image. This has always worked for the BJP as it emotive issue(s) has impact on the majority community especially in north India. In this regard, the BJP believes that the Ram Mandir issue could just help stymie the erosion of support of the religious majority community. BJP had roused majority sentiments with demolition of Babri masjid and so it is not surprising that the voices for construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya is becoming louder. Unless the land over where the masjid existed is allotted, the Mandir cannot be constructed. Therefore the case that pleaded with the Supreme Court to allot the plot assumed importance. However after the Supreme Court had snubbed the demands to hear the Ayodhya case urgently, the RSS/BJP have now come out with the idea that the BJP government pass and ordinance even though the case is still in the Supreme Court. Some of the much talked about decisions taken by the Modi government such as demonetisation and surgical strikes against Pakistan during four years do not exactly measure up to expectations as great achievements. Demonetisation had nothing to do with economy nor netting black money; it was to ensure that rival political parties were deprived of cash for the 2017 UP elections. As far as surgical strike, they are purely military in nature and any political government cannot appropriate credit except to praise the armed forces. Today, the Narendra Modi government will enter the election year and he and party president Amit Shah have promised to bring out the government’s report card for people to judge. In 2014 Modi and Shah had promised to give employment to 2 crore but till date the government has been able to create only 22 lakh jobs. The most telling of the gap between promise and delivery has been steep rise in prices of various commodities even as the country has been reeling under highest ever price rise of petrol and diesel. Supposing the Modi government brings out an ordinance for allotment of side to construct the mandir; will it invite communal violence and also help BJP win handsomely in 2019? BJP has to show it is a party with future and it can do this if it vows to better schools and training institutes across the country and not hanging on to a religious matter.

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