Posted: Post Date – 08:19 PM, Tuesday – Nov 8
Hyderabad: As the BJP leadership sees the future of southern parties most likely in Telangana after Karnataka, several senior party leaders in the state see the BJP as a north-centred bipolar A political strategy of division and political militancy will not work in South India.
For example, K Krishna Sagar Rao, chief spokesman for the National Bharatiya Janata Party’s department, believes that the BJP’s north-centric strategy will not help the party gain strongholds in southern states, so a different strategy in the south is necessary to win people over.
He believes the main problem is that the BJP leadership is not strategizing according to the needs of the people. In many cases, they copy-pasted the tactics they employed in North India.
In a recent interview with a popular magazine, Krishna Sagar Rao said the party should scrap its core polarising political strategy, which has helped it grab hold of the Hindi heartland. power and adopted the party’s early ideology separated by splits.
“If I were given a task of converting us to the South, I would first pick up the party’s early ideology, which was grand and didn’t give the impression of division. I wouldn’t say division, but I would say polarizing, That kind of emotional enthusiasm that can work in other parts of the country,” Krishana Sagar said.
He further said that, if expressed correctly, going back to the party’s roots and transplanting it into the southern political scene could bring success to the BJP in the region. According to him, politics in the southern states is more nuanced, with little room for overt incitement.
BJP has failed to weaken South India, it is still not conquered because people have not fallen into the trap of polarization. In the last general and parliamentary elections, all other southern states except Karnataka – Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, for more obvious ideological and political reasons Vote against the BJP.
Karnataka is a state that the BJP can disrupt by giving Lingayats political representation and community polarization. According to Krishna Sagar, the BJP can succeed in Karnataka, luckily it has former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, a Lingayat mass leader who managed to bring the party to power.
Interestingly, while Telangana has the social characteristics needed by the BJP to underpin its polarizing narrative, the BJP has failed to exert its strong influence as the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) does not allow its malicious realization. The BJP is likely to win just one parliamentary seat in the 2018 election and four MPs in 2019.
Likewise, the BJP cannot open an account in Andhra Pradesh. However, Krishna Sagar claimed that in 2023, the BJP aims to win at least 70 out of 119 parliamentary seats.
“Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah gave us a ‘Mission 70’ target. If we only targeted city or semi-city seats, we could win. But we didn’t do that. So those in the leadership position have a lot to do with setting lack of understanding of the strategy,” he said.
The senior BJP leader said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was not worried about the BJP, adding that he wanted to complete Congress in the state as he feared the latter could rise at any time.