Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah are known as successful pair in the recent politics in the country. They are also known as the most power-arrogant and power-hungry, as they deal with their friends and foes.
The exit of Jammu and Kashmir’s Peoples’ Democratic Party from the NDA had come as a big jolt for the leadership of Modi and Shah. While from 1998, Vajpayee and Advani were seen as successful combination in building NDA, as an alternative to the UPA led by the Congress, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are seen as destroyers of the NDA.
PDP is not the first party that had left the NDA after the 2014 elections. The exit door was first opened by the Maharastra’s Shiv Sena and followed by AP’s Telugu Desam Party. The Punjab’s Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is waiting at the exit gate though it had already declared that it will not have any tie-up with the BJP or NDA in the 2019 elections, either to the State Assembly or Parliament. Now, it was the turn of the PDP from Jammu and Kashmir to say good bye to Shah-Modi duo.
The victory in 274 MP seats on its own for the BJP had given arrogance to Shah and Modi in dealing with the allies, which led to the break-up of alliance. Be it Shiv Sena or the TDP and now the TDP, besides the SAD, every party is blaming the BJP of betraying the allies. The TDP, after the break-up, had caused greater damage to the BJP leadership, particularly Modi-Shah in dealing with the allies.
The BJP is now branded as betrayer and TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu is bringing all the anti-Modi forces together to fight the next general elections. The series of defeats for both Modi and Shah after their victory in 2014 had given enough indications of the leaders losing their numbers in the next elections. But, the two leaders continue to be playing big brother role in politics, both within the NDA and outside.
On the other side, Congress party’s Rahul Gandhi is consolidating his position by keeping all the allies of the UPA intact. He is even reaching out to the other parties including the TDP in Andhra Pradesh to checkmate Narendra Modi in the next elections.
It is to be seen how Narendra Modi would handle this situation which is turning adverse with the exit of his allies one after the other.