The choice of Yogi Adityanath as UP Chief Minister has stunned many. The question that a lot are asking now is whether it is the biggest gamble that the Bharatiya Janta Party played thus far or whether this is that ultimate move that seals the BJP’s position in 2019 Lok Sabha Polls?
The most corollary that is being used in this context is no doubt Narendra Modi. The experts feel that just like Narendra Modi’s being at the helm of affairs at the centre have had a rather calming effect on the Hindu hardliners, Yogi Adityanath could pretty much impact the UP Hindu hardliners in the same manner.
This is a particularly thought provoking move, given the demographics of the state. Uttar Pradesh’s 20 crore plus population has close to 20% Muslim population. Religion for long has been the deciding factor in the state elections and BJP cannot deny getting advantage of the anti-incumbency factor, but the point is how well it can help them going forward?
In a state as communally sensitive as Uttar Pradesh, dealing with Raam Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid issues and the so called ‘terror factories’ in Azamgarh, can Aditynath really help in better law enforcement in the state? Kicking off the action, the newly sworn in Chief Minister, has sacked all non-government advisors, chairmen and other positions that were appointed by Akhilesh Yadav to accommodate those close to the family.
That really underpins how keenly BJP has its sight set on the 2019 elections and the preparations cogwheel that has already been set into motion. Often comparisons are being drawn between an inexperienced Modi taking over Gujarat and turning it into a role model and benchmark for development and this absolutely untrained 5-time MP from Gorakhpur taking over the reins of UP.
Does the future hold a promise of acche din in terms of the development of Uttar Pradesh or the BJP creating the ground for long sustained gains for Lok Sabha elections in 2019 is something for us to watch out for?