With the stakes exponentially high in the assembly polls, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will attend BJP’s parliamentary board meeting on Sunday to analyse election results and work out a strategy for the Lok Sabha polls.
Despite the exit polls predicting a favourable outcome, BJP leaders are looking at all possible scenarios. If they manage to win all four states, it would be a clear indication that the party is on a comeback trail.
Secondly, it would also mean that Narendra Modi has proved to have a nationwide appeal and the BJP’s chemistry with voters is changing.
In case BJP wins three states —Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh — and the Congress gets Delhi, the saffron party will still get a psychological boost. If the BJP wins in MP and Rajasthan and the Congress wins in Delhi and Chattisgarh, their respective strategies will be seen as evenly poised.
Conversely, if the Congress wins all four states — Delhi, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government will be seen as bouncing back. It would also mean the end of talks about a Narendra Modi “wave,” triggering a crisis in the BJP.
Narendra Modi has already decided to go ahead with his rallies later this month at Dehradun (Dec 15), Varanasi (Dec 20), Jagraon (Dec 21), Mumbai (Dec22) and Ranchi (Dec 29).
Sunday’s review exercise may also see BJP chief Rajnath Singh initiate the process of bringing Karnataka leader BS Yeddyurappa back.