When Narendra Modi-Amit Shah take to the field, they give their rivals run for their money. Wherever they campaign, they are sure to win. The duo made the Congress party bite the dust in many states. Is this duo now losing its impact? Is this valor becoming history? Will they fumble unable to face problems surrounding them from all sides? Considering the recent developments, the answers appear to be yes. Despite not getting majority in some states, Modi-Shah duo with their strategy unsettled their rivals by snatching the power. However, in recent times they have failed to show their impact.
BJP received huge setbacks in Lok Sabha by-elections in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other states. The party suffered humiliating defeat in two constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. Even in Gorakhpur which was represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the past, BJP had to bite the dust. CM Adityanath’s resignation as MP had caused the by-election. In Phoolpur, which fell vacant following resignation of Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP candidate suffered huge defeat.
In Uttar Pradesh, SP and BSP joined hands to deal a blow to BJP. It was unexpected shock to BJP which was claiming to be invincible in that state. In the coming elections, if these two parties come together along with Congress then it would be end of the game for BJP in UP. This is causing tension to BJP. Meanwhile, four Dalit MPs of BJP have gone public with their allegations that the Yogi government is neglecting the problems of Dalits and ignoring the community. Two of them even wrote a letter to the party leadership. What is significant here is the report that Modi and Shah have pulled up Yogi in view of the prevailing situation in the state. Several leaders feel that Modi-Shah duo losing their impact because of these developments. In the latest development, Modi summoned Yogi to Delhi and took his class. He is sending Amit Shah to Lucknow to sort out the issues.
There is a public feeling that the recent Parliament session went in vain. Modi is facing criticizing for his failure to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament. After the Centre made it clear that it is not possible to give special status to Andhra Pradesh, key ally TDP pulled out of the government and the NDA. Subsequently, both YSR Congress and TDP simultaneously tried to move no-confidence motion against the central government.
Every day, these parties were giving notices to the speaker to move no-confidence motion. Demanding constitution of Cauvery Jal Board, AIADMK and seeking rights for the states to implement reservation policies, TRS MPs were staging protest and the speaker was adjourning the house. This was the scene in both the houses. People did not see anything else happening. Modi remained mute spectator but did not call the protesting parties for talks. It did not even give the reply. Modi-Shah duo faced the criticism that it is running away from Parliament as it is afraid of no-confidence motion.
BJP lost two sitting MPs in Rajasthan while in Bihar where it joined hands with Nitish Kumar, it was defeated in Araria Lok Sabha seat. It has a tough task in the next month’s elections in Karnataka. National political observers say that in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where elections are scheduled to be held soon, it will be difficult for BJP to win. On the other hand, close allies are distancing from BJP. Several leaders say direct attack on Modi by some allies and the attempts to forge anti-BJP alliance are evidence that Modi-Shah duo is losing its impact.