If politics were business, BJP would be the king of merger and acquisition
The BJP is en route to painting the country in its colours with every election. In states where elections are unlikely, the party is opting to go the merger and alliance way. If politics were to be seen in a business set up, the BJP is undoubtedly emerging as the king of merger and acquisition.
Parties from Bihar and Tamil Nadu are the latest entrants to the BJP's long list of 'political friends'. While the JD(U) has already joined the BJP, experts believe that it is only a matter of time before the AIADMK too comes under the NDA's fold. "The trend is evident in states where the BJP has a role to play. The Congress is keen on keeping the party intact but the BJP is in a mood to make inroads in every state. A national party attempting to either wipe out a regional party or merge it with its umbrella front is evidently true for the BJP in the current scenario," said Dr Sandep Shastri, a political scientist.
When asked if the BJP is gobbling up regional parties, a senior leader of the party laughed. "The Congress is in an existential crisis and is unable to do this. The BJP is on a victory path and we are analysing where we stand in every state," he said. The senior BJP leader, however, did not deny that the BJP was indeed going all out to leave its footprints in every state and region in the country.
Acquisition in BJP's style
"My party and its leaders understand ground realities. We clinically analyse every state to gauge where we stand. If we think that we can win in a state singularly then we go ahead alone but then there are states like Tamil Nadu where we have a realistic idea of how long it could take for us to be reasonably strong," a party insider said.
Sources from the BJP also said that the party's Tamil Nadu plan did not come about in a week or ten days. "BJP's Tamil Nadu plans have been on since Jayalalithaa's passing away. If you did notice, none of the state unit leaders was allowed to deal with AIADMK leaders. It was Muralidhar Rao, Nirmala Sitaraman, Venkaiah Naidu and the likes. The party did not trust the state unit to make its plans successful and it was the central leadership that directly chose to deal with the scenario. Look at where we have come now," said another party leader.
Study, observe, calculate and then act is the party's mantra. "Like in all parties aligning, coalition, merger comes only in the case where the party does not have a singular standing. But the trend will show you how people are favouring the party from the grassroots level. Look at Bengal civic polls or Maharashtra civic elections. Civic polls that are generally favourable to the local and regional party are today turning favourable to the BJP," said a BJP leader.
In Tamil Nadu, a leadership vacuum created an opportunity for the BJP while in Bihar, the opportunity came in the form of Tejashwi Yadav. "Nitish Kumar's friendship with BJP is tried, tested and trusted but due to personal animosity, we had to go our own ways. We were uncomfortable about Nitish Kumar's Mahaghatbandhan with Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar but Tejashwi Yadav came like Manna from heaven," mocked a BJP leader.