On Wednesday evening, the BJP parliamentary board met in New Delhi to decide on tickets for the Gujarat elections. The discussions happened, but the announcement of the tickets was held up. And in that meeting and delay perhaps lies a story of how extraordinarily important ticket distribution is to the prospects of both the BJP and the Congress in the Gujarat election of 2017. But first the background.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent three days in Varanasi before the final phase of the Uttar Pradesh election earlier this year, many saw it as a sign of desperation. He, however, told a party leader, “Chunav jang hai, aur main senapati hoon (Election is a battle, and I am the commander).”The results showed it was not anxiety but the willingness to give it all and leave nothing to chance that drove Modi to campaign with vigour.
To understand how the wider Sangh Parivar works on the ground, I travelled to Varanasi for the final phase of the UP elections. Banaras Hindu University is one of the Sangh’s oldest recruiting grounds. The Modi government made it a point to award the university founder, Madan Mohan Malaviya, the Bharat Ratna in its first year in office.
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