The State Of Affairs At State Level
- Madhya Pradesh: Looks promising for the party, with Shivraj Singh Chouhan poised for a comfortable win
- Rajasthan: Tough fight. Momentum for Ashok Gehlot is picking up with welfare schemes that were launched recently
- Chhattisgarh: Tricky, with the Congress in Bastar digging its heels in, which swung the poll for Raman Singh last time
- Delhi: All-out factional war between state president Vijay Goel and Harshwardhan playing a spoiler to its prospects
A lot of hope was rekindled in the BJP two months back when it decided to muzzle all dissidence and present a united face for electioneering. The monsoon session infused fresh energy: BJP parliamentarians found enough ammunition to attack the government on issues of corruption, the worsening state of the economy and matters of national security. With the Lok Sabha polls barely nine months away, the downslide of the UPA (despite the little boost provided by the passage of the Food Security Bill) must become the BJP’s surest bet to turn up trumps. But there may still be a long distance for the party to travel between building itself as the only alternative, cobbling up the required numbers and managing both the strident voices keen to project the BJP as a one-man—that is, Modi—show and the vocal doubters.