Populism picks up ahead of polls as Union Budget, state budgets in UP, Rajasthan, Bengal, MP hand out goodies
The Lok Sabha election is upon India and if the government at the Centre and in the states of Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are any indication, then populist budgetary allocations and scheme announcements are what parties in power are banking on as a surefire way of garnering votes.
The guidelines have been issued after the intervention of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath amidst reports of harassment by anti-Romeo squads.
Modi was the face of BJP, but, Yogi is the one who will have to answer to the poor farmers of UP who would have voted to the party in the hope of getting their loans waived. Hence, the buck stops at Yogi, not Modi.
“Choubey gaye Chhabbey banane, Dubey banker lautey”. Those who know colloquial Hindi will understand the nuance of this wise, age-old adage instantly. And those who don’t, here is a close English parallel that explains BJP’s current predicament in battleground Uttar Pradesh: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.
Mulayam Singh had, in his press meet on Wednesday, ruled out projection of Akhilesh as the party's chief ministerial candidate.
BJP president Amit Shah targeted Rahul Gandhi, saying that instead of embarking on roadshows against demonetisation, the Congress vice-president should take out "yatras against unemployment, poverty and starvation
Mayawati claimed the Modi government took the demonetisation decision in a hurry with "hundred percent" political interests of BJP in mind.
Seeking to send a message of unity in the ruling Samajwadi Party which has been battling a bitter power struggle, Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday flagged off Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra in the presence of state SP chief Shivpal Yadav.
BJP on Sunday accused Mayawati of "communalising" the Uttar Pradesh election campaign after she made overtures to Muslims at a rally, and claimed development is the main poll agenda over which people will vote for the saffron outfit as both SP and BSP have failed on this count.