According to a report published in Bengali daily Anandabazaar Patrika, the new BJP leadership is planning to contest assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and West Bengal without partnering with anybody. While Jammu and Kashmir is expected to go to the polls in December this year, elections in Bihar and West Bengal are scheduled in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
As Congress loses relevance, BJP eyes to take its place across the nation
With the Congress losing two more bastions in Maharashtra and Haryana and turning more marginal in Indian politics, the BJP leadership is eyeing to make full use of this opportunity to fill up the vacuum completely. In the past, the BJP's first generation leaders rued that the saffron party did not succeed in replacing the Congress as the truly national party.
BJP doesn't want to depend on local allies in states any more
The party is still to cement its place in eastern and southern India and had to depend on alliance with local parties in various states. The new leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah seeks to script a change in the party's fortunes now and the election results over the last 11 months have made it more confident.
The BJP is elated over the fact that it has overtaken the Shiv Sena to become the No. 1 party in Maharashtra. It also became the first party to win over 100 seats in the state since 1990 and doubled its vote-share from that of 2009. These factors have boosted the Modi-Shah leadership and it has now started believing that replicating the Maharashtra result in other states is not impossible.
Go alone in Jammu & Kashmir after good LS poll performance
In Jammu and Kashmir, the Opposition People's Democratic Party is keen to join hands with the BJP to defeat the ruling National Conference in the upcoming polls, but the BJP is more keen to fight the polls alone to increase its influence in the state. In the Lok Sabha election, the BJP bagged three of the six seats in J&K.
After Maha success, BJP is looking to emerge as a complete alternative to Cong
In Bihar, Nitish-Lalu alliance will have a tough challenge during a full-fledged election
In Bihar, the BJP put up a good performance during the Lok Sabha election and eclipsed local forces like the JD(U) and RJD. Though it couldn't reproduce the same in the post-Lok Sabha poll bypolls but that defeat was mainly because the JD(U) and RJD forged an alliance between them to tackle the Modi wave. During the assembly election, the Bihar electorate might not rely on the marriage of convenience between the foe-turned-friends, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, and opt for an unpredictable alliance. The BJP, even if alone, might look a better bet to them to give a stable administration.
In Bengal, anti-incumbency against Mamata is BJP's biggest advantage
Similarly in West Bengal, the BJP will look to take the maximum benefit out of the fast growing anti-incumbency mood against the ruling Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee. It is easier said than done for the saffron party is still not at par with the TMC's organisation, particularly in rural Bengal. But yet, the BJP has the biggest potential to grow in the state and the way Banerjee is losing way and Modi's popularity is gaining stability, the decision to go-alone in West Bengal can always fetch the saffron party rich dividends in the future elections.