After northeast sweep, BJP looks south to boost tally for 2024 | India News

CHENNAI: The five southern states have a total of 129 Lok Sabha seats and the BJP has just 29 of them in the current parliament.
But buoyed by its stellar electoral show in the Northeast and the changing landscape in some southern states between 2019 and 2024, the saffron party is looking at more voters from the south to give a thumbs up to its formation. Is. Third NDA One row government in 2024.
Elections later this year in party-ruled Karnataka and BRS-dominated Telangana can only indicate whether the political climate is favorable for the lotus to bloom in the south, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi. Modi The party emerged victorious in Kerala, where the BJP has neither an elected MP nor an MLA.
The party has emerged as a challenger to the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) led by K Chandrasekhar Rao in Telangana, as demonstrated by a couple of Assembly by-elections where it won and 2020. I had performed brilliantly in Hyderabad civic elections. This is a much-needed boost to counter the might of the ruling BRS in 2024.
Incidentally, KCR, as Rao is popularly known, has tipped his hat in efforts to topple the BJP government at the Center next year, even as DMK president and Tamil Nadu chief minister. MK Stalin is also being projected as a leader who will mobilize anti-BJP forces to challenge the incumbent.
In the current LS scenario, the BJP holds all 29 seats from its ruling Karnataka and Telangana. In a landslide victory, the saffron party bagged 25 of the 28 LS seats from Karnataka in 2019, while its independent backer from Mandya, Samalatha, also made the cut.
Telangana returned four BJP MPs but the saffron party has zero representation in the Lok Sabha from DMK, Congress and YSCRP dominated Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh respectively.
However, party workers believe that things are starting to look up for the BJP in the Dravidian stronghold of Tamil Nadu.
For example, he points out, the BJP won 4 assembly seats in the state in the 2021 elections, riding a DMK wave in constituencies, including one in Erode district, which is in Dravida. It is the birthplace of the sage and rationalist leader EV Ramasamy Periyar.
The party’s state unit now has its sights set on winning 15 LS seats from Tamil Nadu in 2024 and insists it also has a strategy to take on the Dravidian giant DMK, which The alliance led by A has won the recently concluded Erode East by-elections. The NDA’s ally AIADMK was defeated by the Congress by a huge margin of 66,000 votes.
BJP thinks that. 2024 Lok Sabha Election In Tamil Nadu, the past comparisons will be different.
M Chakraborty, BJP said, “This time we can contest 15 seats on the lotus symbol after dividing the remaining 24 Lok Sabha constituencies to our allies. We have already identified the winnable seats. And have picked constituencies where we came second in the previous elections,” said BJP’s M Chakraborty. Vice President of the State.
Several Union ministers will visit the state in the coming months to prepare the party for the polls. He said he would help strengthen the BJP at the booth level.
Asked if the infighting in the AIADMK would affect the NDA’s prospects, Chakraborty said, “The result of the Erode East Assembly by-election is a lesson for the AIADMK.” That he should consider whether the party symbol (two leaves) alone is sufficient to win the election.”
Another senior party leader said, “We already have a strategy to take on the DMK. We are waiting for the approval of the party high command to start the campaign.”
The party won 1 seat in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
A fundamental change in the political dynamics in Tamil Nadu will be beneficial for the BJP and on its performance the BJP has made itself relevant, says K Annamalai, the IPS-turned-politician who has been pushed further from the state by the party high command. MPs have been ordered to be sent. by that time
The state BJP said, “There is no social justice in the DMK. People have realized that the BJP alone can accommodate all classes and as a result, we are progressing. going places, because it is our duty to embrace all.” said the chief.
“I boldly ask my party people to perform… All parties who accept Modi’s leadership are welcome to join our alliance,” Anamalai added. added.
Elsewhere, the BJP sees Telangana as the next state in the south after Karnataka, where it is likely to come to power.
Although the party managed to win only one seat out of a total of 119 in the last assembly elections in 2018, it increased its strength to three after an encouraging victory in two by-elections.
He also performed brilliantly in the 2020 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.
With the Congress, the main opposition to the BRS, unable to hold ground amid allegations of disunity in the party, the BJP has emerged as an alternative to the BRS in assembly elections scheduled for the past few years. A determined effort to emerge. Held at the end of this year.
However, BRS is easy to dismantle given the ruling party’s vast network and other powers across the state.
KCR has entered national politics by renaming his Telangana Rashtra Samithi as Bharat Rashtra Samithi.
In neighboring Andhra Pradesh, also a Telugu-speaking state, the BJP is keen to make a good showing, but its task is cut out as the political space is dominated by two regional players—led by CM Jaganmohan Reddy. Valli YSRCP and N. Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP.
Observers point to a recent high-profile jump ship by the BJP, with former state chief Kana Lakshmi Narayan joining the Telugu Desam Party.
The saffron party is in alliance with actor-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which has also floated the idea of ​​an alliance with the TDP, an idea the BJP does not like.
BJP may not have it easy in Kerala. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the people of the state are politically enlightened and hence it will be difficult for the BJP to fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream of capturing power in the southern state.
Pointing out that the BJP has succeeded in forming governments in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh where the Congress or its allies have been major political players, the AICC general secretary said. It is difficult to say whether such tactics will help the BJP to change the political landscape in Kerala as well.
CPM state secretariat member M Swaraj said that BJP’s politics is based on the communal agenda of RSS.

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