Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bharat Bhushan: BJP arrogance busted, Cong learns deference

Mr Modi is given to making tall, unrealistic and astounding claims about his abilities and attributes. Public incredulity about these claims is not something that he can easily work with. And increasingly, the public has begun to disbelieve the narrative he has spun. He is seen as an uneducated, glib liar who constantly shifts the blame for his government’s shortcomings to others, mostly on to the shoulders of tall historical figures long since dead.

The arrogant belief of the BJP that it was electorally unassailable and that money power could turn any defeat into a victory has taken a knock in Karnataka. Party president Amit Shah’s swagger henceforth is bound to be more pretence than real. The events of Karnataka have also dented the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “finisher” — the star batsman who comes in towards the end of the match and scores quickly in a high-pressure situation to deliver victory to his team. He fell short in Karnataka. The impact of this will not be limited to one state.

The BJP needed to turn the outcome in its favour to send two signals. One, that it can attract the requisite numbers should it face a similar shortfall in the 2019 general election. Two, that it remains unassailable under the leadership of the Modi-Shah duo. Its failure has suddenly made it vulnerable in the public mind. After the event, people will begin to wonder whether the BJP might fall short of a majority in 2019 and its subsequent options. Its re-election will not be taken for granted.

Within the BJP doubts will also arise about the ability of the Modi-Shah duo to deliver victory. As it is, at an individual level, both are resented as neither possesses a likeable persona. Their intimidating personalities and arrogant body language were tolerated largely as they managed electoral victories. This is likely to change in the run-up to 2019.

Mr Modi is given to making tall, unrealistic and astounding claims about his abilities and attributes. Public incredulity about these claims is not something that he can easily work with. And increasingly, the public has begun to disbelieve the narrative he has spun. He is seen as an uneducated, glib liar who constantly shifts the blame for his government’s shortcomings to others, mostly on to the shoulders of tall historical figures long since dead... read more:
http://www.asianage.com/opinion/columnists/210518/bjp-arrogance-busted-cong-learns-deference.html