Here's what BJP's game plan is for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
The BJP seems to have picked up on the most emotive issues to connect with voters. Whether the voters buy it the second time round is still to be seen.
At the end of its two-day National Executive, the BJP passed a resolution, to build a 'New India' by 2022. The resolution was presented by senior party leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Briefing the media, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said a lot of developmental work has taken place in the last four years, and a 'New India' will be formed by 2022. "This government has vision, passion and imagination, and the works of this government can be seen. By 2022, India will be free of terrorism, casteism, communalism and nobody will be homeless,"
In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, as he raced his way to become the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, then Gujarat's Chief Minister, exhorted the voters to give him 60 months to fix the nation's ills. Lamenting the 60 years of misrule by the previous governments at the centre, Modi asked for just a fraction to usher in 'acche din'.
A tall claim indeed.
But the voters bought the promise hook, line and sinker, the Modi-led BJP won 282 out of 543 seats, reaching a majority on its own, a feat achieved by any political party only after 30 years, when Congress last won 414 seats in a 533-seat Parliament, in the wake of Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984.
A little more than four years later, the ruling party finds itself in a quandary.