The caste engineering formula of the BJP seems to be backfiring
Patna: Notwithstanding the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s magic in
Bihar, overall morale of the BJP rank and file is not
that high following “arbitrary” Lok Sabha ticket distribution for 30 seats,
which the party is contesting in the state.
The BJP in
The RSS, which is considered the BJP’s backbone in
Constraining the BJP’s campaign in
The BJP ticket distribution has “forced” the Brahmin face of the party, Mr Ashwani Kumar Choube, into a tough contest from Buxar against sitting RJD MP Jagdanand Singh. “Mr Choube may find tough to step out of Buxar to campaign in other parts of the state, particularly in Mithlanchal. Same is the case with Bhumihar leader Giriraj Singh, who is in the fray from Nawada in place of his choice of Begusarai,” the sources said.
Also, top Bhumihar face of the BJP in
Apparently sensing the trouble, LJP leader Suraj Bhan, whose wife Beena Devi is in fray from Munger Lok Sabha seat, recently made desperate attempts to persuade top state RSS functionaries for support, sources added.
In Mithilanchal, influential BJP MLAs, including Mr Vijay Kumar Mishra and Mr Vinod Narayan Jha, are keeping away from campaign in protest against the manner in which the Lok Sabha tickets were handed out, the sources said. The BJP had earlier got a jolt following veteran party leader
“In the name of party discipline, the BJP cannot bulldoze the pride of grassroots workers, who swear by the RSS ideology. How will they go to people to ask for votes for a bahubali (muscle man), Rama Singh of the LJP, from Vaishali Lok Sabha seat?” asked a senior BJP leader.
The Bihar BJP leaders have begun talking in hushed voices about the party repeating the 2004 mistake of leaving everything on the “Atal Behari Vajpayee magic,” while ignoring party cadres. The result in 2004 Lok Sabha was a rude shock for the BJP.