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Because, Well Just Because

Modi’s Delhi yatra looks like Hindutva 2.0. By design or accident?

Because, Well Just Because
Jitender Gupta
Because, Well Just Because
outlookindia.com
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The Big Q: Does Hindutva Deliver?

  • Confusion over whether Hindutva agenda (Ram temple, Article 370, Uniform Civil Code) has any carry
  • After 1999 win, BJP seat share on constant downswing: from 182 in 1999 to 138 in 2004, to 116 seats in 2009
  • Voteshare has dipped, from 22.16% in 2004 LS election to 18.8% in 2009, in every state, except HP, Karnataka
  • BJP’s seat tally in Hindi heartland state Madhya Pradesh has fallen from 220 seats in 1990 to 143 in 2008
  • It has fared miserably in Uttar Pradesh post-Babri: falling from 221 seats in 1991 to just 47 in 2012
  • After Kandhamal riots, BJP won just six seats in 2009 Orissa poll, 26 fewer than what it had before riots
  • Four south Indian states with 140 seats amongst them looking out of bounds. Karnataka debacle looms.
  • Modi’s draw under question: in 2009, BJP won 37 seats in 300-plus rallies he addressed; Rahul Gandhi 75 of 102
  • BJP’s aggressive Hindutva stand isolates nearly 15% of the electorate who are Muslims. And Christians.
  • Hindutva also repels possible allies like JD(U) who may prove crucial if the BJP finds itself short
  • Recent statewide opinion poll in Karnataka shows awareness of Modi  is 43% against 77% for Rahul Gandhi.

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Photographs: Tribhuvan Tiwari, Mayur Bhatt

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