What BJP’s TV ads in Bihar reveal: Forget development, it’s all about standing now

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An announcement can tell a thousand stories in an election.

If we watch a BJP’s latest 24×7 debate on internal TV channels, it becomes clear that a Bihar choosing is now usually about castes.

The BJP has expelled a array of new TV campaigns in Bihar. The Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan is, incidentally, blank from primary time slots, though a BJP ads keep reminding electorate of a rivals.

The initial shows Narendra Modi’s arise from a ati picchda chaiwallah (tea seller from an intensely back caste) to a primary apportion of India. ”If an ati pichhda can turn a PM, because can’t lakhs of ati picchada children of Bihar grasp new heights?” a voiceover asks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an choosing convene in Bihar. PTI photoPrime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an choosing convene in Bihar. PTI photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an choosing convene in Bihar. PTI photo

The other dual ads also remind people of a ati picchda PM. In one of them a BJP asks: “Why are Nitish and Lalu Prasad Yadav so unfortunate with an ati picchda PM?” And Modi goes on to explain: “They can’t digest a fact that a garib ka beta has turn a PM.”

“Even Madam Soniaji done my life miserable for 15 years,” Modi laments.

The third ad, a pleasant gold of contradictions, talks about Modi’s common commencement as an ati picchda tea seller in a domestic sourroundings where people are divided on “jaat-paati and dharam“. The BJP afterwards equates it his climb with a imminent arise of, what else, ati picchdas of Bihar.

That a PM has been forced to regularly remind electorate of his standing and elicit their magnetism by portraying his rivals as oppressors points during a significance of ati pichhadas (EBCs) in a election. Most of a seats in a final 3 rounds are in constituencies dominated by electorate from this section. And a BJP wants them, during any cost, to win a election.

Discussions on growth are passé; final for special standing and promises of special packages are misty memories and debates on Gujarat vs Bihar models are history. The usually emanate now in a Bihar choosing is how to change a state’s scarcely 25 percent EBC voters.

Polling trends from a third turn of voting on 28 Oct serve underline a significance of a EBC voters. The audience of 53 percent was usually marginally aloft than a audience in a 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But, it was 3 per cent reduction than a initial dual rounds where a normal audience was 56 percent. In civic areas, deliberate BJP strongholds, a audience was really low — in some constituencies of Patna it was subsequent 40 percent — and a settlement showed prolonged queues of electorate deliberate constant supporters of a Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan.

The BJP’s other worry is that some-more women are voting in each round. The common reason for this trend is that group and youngsters have migrated in vast numbers for practice and preparation and they aren’t returning to vote. Since women get shabby reduction by tongue and some-more by issues like acceleration and security, nobody can contend with certainty who they are voting for.

So, a BJP is relying on a plan of chasing EBCs aggressively and positioning Modi as their purpose indication and messiah.

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The BJP assertive ‘woo a EBC’ plan underlines a party’s faith in a upper-caste opinion bank. Till a few years ago, a BJP, deliberate a lax bloc of tilak, tarazu and talwar (Brahmins, traders and Rajputs), would have been ill about aggressively ancillary reservation. But a celebration now believes that even a pro-reservation position will not divide a sections that do not advantage from quotas.

So, a BJP has expelled another ad featuring Modi that reaffirms a party’s joining to reservation. “Every time a BJP comes to power, people widespread a gossip that we will finish reservation. But, adequate is enough, stop swelling this canard,” Modi smoke in his heading brew of anger, saracasm and hurt, to annul a Mahagathbandhan’s debate portraying a Sangh Parivar as being anti-reservation.

Obviously, if we lay in front of a TV for a few hours in Bihar, we can be forgiven for presumption that instead of a destiny of a state, a genuine quarrel is for a container of a many back politician who will lay down his life for reservation.

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