The trio of Modi-Shah and Nadda has done wonders which no one could have even imagined just a week ago. Everyone was assuming that even if BJP comes to power in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan this time, it would be difficult for Raman Singh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje Scindia to become Chief Ministers again, but all this could happen so easily. No one had even thought that these three leaders would propose the name of the new Chief Minister of their respective states.
But the selection of Chief Ministers in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan has surprised the people and BJP leaders as well as the opposition parties. Rather, it can be said that by playing the game of OBC, Tribal and Brahmin CM, Modi has defeated the opposition. If all four areas have been covered then there will be no exaggeration in this.
With the help of OBC card, Akhilesh Yadav was planning a strategy to win a total of 120 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has foiled it by making a Yadav Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh. By making OBC Yadav Mohan Yadav the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, BJP has created a big political crisis in front of Akhilesh Yadav, who runs a political party with the help of Yadav name, and Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav.
By making tribal leader Vishnudev Sai the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, BJP has not only solved the electoral mathematics of Chhattisgarh but has also given a big political message to the more than 10 crore tribal population across the country. Out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, 47 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes. Apart from Chhattisgarh, these 47 seats come from 17 states and union territories including Assam, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura and West Bengal. Apart from these 47 Lok Sabha seats, tribal voters play a big role in victory or defeat in more than 50 seats.
Amidst the reports of resentment among the upper castes, BJP has made a big effort to woo the upper class voters of Hindi speaking states, especially the Brahmin voters, by making a big gamble by making Brahmin face Bhajanlal Sharma the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. If this political move of BJP works, then it is certain that BJP will get a huge lead in the Hindi heartland states including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh because if they are happy, the Brahmin caste will not just vote and go home. Not only do they sit down, they also play a big role in getting the votes of other castes by using their social influence.
Obviously, by playing a bet on new faces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not only preparing the BJP of the future but has once again shown his political skills and has left the opposition parties in shock.
(The author is a senior journalist and columnist.)