While it may be too early to analyse the reasons for the electoral setback for the BJP, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the instant verdict, on at least Twitter, was that it was a resounding rejection of the Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj brand of rabble-rousing and communally polarising campaigning (from Love Jehad to blaming Madrasas for terrorism). Significantly, in UP the absence of BSP ensured that the anti-BJP vote was not divided.
A video purportedly showing BJP's controversial Loksabha MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, making incendiary comments has brought the focus back on the BJP's Hindutva agenda and the attempts to polarise people on religious and communal lines.
Meerut. A man is riding a motorcycle. A young woman is riding pillion. The motorcycle brushes against a car. Five young men get out of the car and brutally attack the motorcycle rider. Onlookers watch. No one comes to the man's rescue. Finally, the young woman joins in and helps beat up the assailants.
It seems the Allahabad unit of the Congress—or at least some of its workers, maybe just the self-styled ones—is hell-bent on causing a top-level change in the party.
A virtual war of the posters seems to be on at present between loyalists who seem to have lined up behind the respective siblings of the Congress first family.
Javed Jaffrey, Aam Aadmi Party's candidate from Lucknow, who is facing such heavy weights as BJP President Rajnath Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi of the Congress and Abhishek Mishra of the Samajwadi Party has released the following video as part of his campaign.
What remains to be seen, however, is how the Lucknow-residents respond to the video in which the Jaffrey in his Salaam Namaste avatar of an ‘Indian cowboy' takes potshots not only at scams and divisive politics, but also at the corporate class: the video ends with Jaffrey pulling the flush and making Antilla in the background transform into a slum.