Amit Shah begging Jats for votes? Don’t fall for it
Shah, or the voice that sounds like Shah, even gives the election to the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine. This could be the scoop of someone�s lifetime or it could be a sliver of cunning strategy, which the BJP is not short of.
With the ground beneath their feet shaking, at least in Western Uttar Pradesh, the BJP seems to have given up on winning the Jat vote. Or so, one can gather with a purported audio clip of BJP president Amit Shah begging Jat elders to vote for the saffron party.
The BJP chief can be heard asking Jat elders to have the community vote for the party since Gujaratis and Jats had ties going back at least 600 years. Shah, or the voice that sounds like Shah, even gives the election to the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine. This could be the scoop of someone’s lifetime or it could be a sliver of cunning strategy, which the BJP is not short of.
Let’s be Doubting Thomases and imagine, yes, imagine, there is the timing of the clip and its leak is leaving room for speculation.
Whatever the high-volume, stormtrooper-style campaign that has been practiced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the presence of crowds at rallies don’t indicate nothing. Many pollsters, reporters, editors and even BJP leaders realised this after the Bihar 2015 election drubbing the saffron party got.
There have been reports, both in print and in television, that voters in western UP, of whom Jats comprise 17 percent, are waiting for a chance to get back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetising the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and wreaking havoc in the cash-starved lives of the poor and marginal. Further, the Jats have also been seeking their inclusion into the Other Backward Classes. With the die set for a hard punch to the BJP, it is anyone’s guess that the BJP will try to harvest this information for its gain in subsequent phases. There are six more phases left.
On Saturday, elections were held in the first phase in Western UP for 73 seats. Observers said the leak of the audio clip can be BJP strategy to spin that the SP-Congress combine is gaining Western UP and utilise it to cultivate the perception of the underdog.
With some more additions to the formula, the party can swing a strong performance in the remaining phases as this studious underdog which will claim to work for the benefit of people of UP while allowing Akhilesh and Rahul to be perceived as haughty winners.
Amit Shah knows a few tricks. Some of which saw Narendra Modi into 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. People sharing it on social media should refrain from sharing it, even if Shah sounds contrite and in begging mode, right now since it can work out in their favour if it becomes viral. There will be many more occasions to celebrate after March 11. Think Holi follows soon after.