09 November, 2015

The BJP Loss in Bihar

At the beginning of campaigning for the Bihar elections, it seemed that the BJP would continue its "sabka saath, sabka vikaas" positioning.

However, some strange villain in the BJP camp seemed to have changed the BJP's view of voters.

The BJP allowed fringe elements to take the national stage with divisive pronouncements on everything but development.  At the same time, the Prime Minister of the nation was reduced to campaigning for state elections as if he was the CM candidate.  The Prime Minister refused to speak on issues being raised across the nation.
This two-pronged strategy was suicidal.

I can't say if Bihar's rural voters did see through BJP's strategy.  But it does seem that they didn't like a "baharwala".

The Nitish-Lalu combine is unlikely to be as developmental as what the BJP was promising at the national elections in 2014.

Net-net, Bihar loses because the BJP has stabbed itself in the back.