Yesterday the long ongoing political tussle for Karnataka Assembly elections culminated with the voters locking the fate of the political parties. This was the most deadly, neck to neck fight seen between both the main political parties Congress and BJP before the LokSabha Elections 2019. Both the parties left no chance to attack each other and left no stone unturned to engross victory in their name. In whose favour the state has voted for, finally will be known on the D-day 15th May but as per predictions of most of the exit polls, BJP will emerge as the single largest party reducing the Congress to double digits.
Just a couple of weeks back, all political pundits were in favour of Congress and singing songs on their tunes. But as Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered the battleground of Karnataka and the land of Kannadigas, the entire scenario of Karnataka elections toppled and the whole opposition falls flat in front of him. They say “Every minute counts” and BJP has proved this proverb very wisely. In just 10 days the party changed the entire equation.
After ten days of campaigning and two days, Nepal visit which Congress also termed as an extended campaign for Karnataka has given an edge to BJP over Congress in Karnataka Elections. Initially, Prime Minister Modi was supposed to address only 15 rallies/ public meetings in Karnataka but he went on to increase this number to around 20. During his rallies, he touched every loophole of Congress party by raising the issue of farmers’ distress, development, employment, appeasement of a section of the society to how the so-called Gandhi dynasty has been playing with the lives of common man since years.
The crowd that PM Modi’s rallies attracted, Literally lakhs of people creating Mexican waves to stop Kannada translators from interfering a Modi speech, those chants of “Modi, Modi” wringing through the air, the overly enthusiastic response to Modi’s clarion call of “Sarkara Badlisi, BJP Gellisi” and last but not the least, the atmosphere around the venue where youth are thronging with war cries of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and waving flags can’t be ignored.
It not only ends here.W hile the PM Modi blitzkrieg was unleashing itself, on the other hand, Amit Shah kept the cadre motivated and remained connected with them all the time, B.S. Yeddyurappa continuous support toward North Karnataka Lingayat belt and Sriramulu’s roadshows and corner meetings attracting such huge crowd especially the youth, have snatched the advantage the Congress had achieved. Congress was completely invisible at all these times when Modi and his team were making their moves and creating their space in the hearts of people.
Without any doubt, BJP’s strategy has blown all the moves of Congress. Congress should have shown more aggression and involved other national leaders of the party to challenge BJP’s narrative but failed to do so. Congress failed to rise to the changed reality. BJP President Amit Shah and PM Modi kept on scoring runs while the Congress appeared to be overconfident that they have scored enough runs to win Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 and was only boasting about their win instead of actually doing something to win the hearts of Kannadigas.