Modi Wave – cries the media, BJP supporters and a dreamy Indian Middle class who has been dying for change, but not sure what that change is or what will be the outcome of the change.
Does Modi Fear of losing in Varanasi?
It is no secret as to why Modi is fighting elections from Varanasi, the sacred place of Hindus. This is to woo the voters of Uttar Pradesh who contributes maximum seats to the Lok Sabha. However, the very fact that Modi is playing safe by nominating himself from two places is a question mark on the so called Modi Wave. If there is indeed this hysteria of Modi, why does he not file his nomination and fight elections only in Varanasi? Does he feel insecure and threatened by Arvind Kejriwal- standing against him in Varanasi – that he also needs one more seat in his home state, as a risk mitigation just in case he loses in Varanasi? In Vadodara, he is definitely destined to win and there is no risk. But the fact that Modi has played it safe proves that BJP or Modi himself is not convinced that there is indeed a wave of himself or not.
Whom will Modi Betray – Varanasi or Vadodara?
Although AAP fans may not like this statement, it is almost certain that BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi is likely to win both seats – Vadodara and Varanasi.
Now, as per legal terms Modi can not retain both seats and will have to give away one seat for bi-elections later on. The big question is,- which seat will he give away.
Giving away Varanasi would mean inviting Arvind Kejriwal to take over the city, as Kejriwal would leave no stone unturned to ensure to inflict maximum damage on BJP then. BJP does not want Arvind Kejriwal to rise of course, at any cost. So Narendra Modi would be definitely giving away his home constituency to someone else, so that BJP retains that seat.
People of Vadodara, therefore is going to stand up in queues in the hot sun and vote for someone who would only leave them alone and put them up for voting again to someone else in a short time. But who cares – this is the Gujarat model anyway. A model which does not really need to be people friendly or democratic, but only need to boastful or proclaim to bring change.
Priyankan Goswami is the Editor of Times of Assam’s Political Analysis section. He is also founder member and member of the Executive board of Times of Assam.
By Academic Priyankan Goswami is MBA & Mechanical Engineer.