BJP lost Bihar because of its own incompetence and not because of Biharis!

Updated on November 9, 2015 in Political Discussions
21 on November 8, 2015

I see a problem with majority(not all) BJP supporters. Whenever BJP loses a state election, the accused are the voters. The same is happening right now after Bihar elections but can we really blame voters?

My view is that the BJP has lost because they have failed to control the false narrative being spread by the Media. During Delhi election, the church narrative resulted into BJP’s defeat. The same has happened during Bihar. They did not challenge the media for twisting Mohan Bhagwat’s Reservation statement nor did they fight against agenda-driven Sahityakars. A Non-BJP person had to come out to protest against these Award Wapsi gang. This itself speaks a lot about how much BJP is serious about their image being maligned by the Media. Not all are connected to SM and their source for news is MSM and they’ll believe all that is being told by the media. None of them are aware of who owns these media houses.

Ignoring media is a strategy that has failed. BJP needs to be as aggressive as it was during LS election against a section of media and also needs to send representatives who argue on the basis of facts instead of doing shayaris(Sambit Patra it is). For me, not countering media is the biggest reason for Delhi/Bihar election debacle followed by bad representatives. Not announcing their CM candidate also had a minor role to play(Bahari vs Bihari).

I hope BJP introspects properly this time because all I can make out is that they did not learn anything from defeat in Delhi and the same will happen in UP(Communal tensions is my first guess) if this trend continues. Better late than never, right?

PS: Please share your views too.

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1 on November 8, 2015

I agree with you. The PR team of BJP has been a big failure. Biharis can’t and mustn’t be blamed for the poor performance of BJP. BJP had good momentum during 2014, but then they lost it in trivial issues.

on November 8, 2015

I also see a pattern to this. Don’t know why but I get a feeling that a group does not want BJP to get stronger in RJ or else the reforms will happen much faster.

Delhi:- False Church Narrative
Bihar:- Slaughter Ban, Sahityakars, Twisting Mohan Bhagwat’s statement, Dadri, Caste Politics(The burning incident that happened in Haryana. Many caste related violence happened in Bihar too but were surprisingly not covered), etc.
UP:- Communal Violence?

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1 on November 8, 2015

BJP’s control over media is poor, but I wonder if issues like these impact rural voters like in Bihar. Again BJP’s Eng media hold is worst, from ratings we have seen Eng media isnt as big as we thought it is, will be even lower in places like Bihar. So can all blame be on media and communication only?

on November 8, 2015

But local newspapers are still there. I have no doubt that they will follow MSM after looking at them spreading the same lie about Bhagwat’s statement. For me more than the communal fear mongering, reservation spin turned out to be a big blow to BJP as Bihar has from time immemorable voted on the basis of caste.

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1 on November 8, 2015

No..there is not much impact of English Media on rural bihar. But we must not forget that Nitish and Lalu both are very good politician and they know there terrain and people very good. They know where to hit. Moreover every time the Votes split happened , this two person are combined , that become a big force.Moreover, Modi has big picture of Chaiwala image is a big thing to relate common ppl from to him. That is been changing with frequent foreign trips  We all know that the mostly rural person not interest in the FDI flows or ease of markets, for them” harmare bachva ka Job la jaye” .that is still not present on ground. That’s a big factor for election. people need change.

More over the BJP ground works is not as much as 2014 LS election.

on November 8, 2015

The local newspaper/media houses were also reporting about the reservation statement which was twisted by the MSM.

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I think one main reason is the RSS did not cooperate. I heard Mohan Bhagwat’s reservation comment etc was on purpose. Also the RSS was inactive in the first two phases. As per some reports RSS wanted to bring down Amit Shah.

on November 8, 2015

Only if you read the interview, you’ll know what he intended to say. Deliberately Mohanji of RSS is dragged in. He only wanted a committee to study about reservation in the light of Gujarat agitation and karyakartas have worked 24×7. Can’t blame them. Let us not become a victim of false theories. 😉

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Another reason is that people were largely satisfied with Nitish-BJP governance for 10 years. The anti incumbency of the last moment law and order problems was not enough to dislodge Nitish. How it plays in the future will depend on how the MGB governs Bihar now. If the law and order and other governance parameters of recent past are any indication the BJP can be hopeful. But it should cement control of narrative.

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The other reasons I can gather from my own interactions with Modi supporters who are no longer as enthusiastic are:

1. Missteps on OROP – very bad optics.
2. The state level BJP government have still the status quo. The low level corruption are unchanged. The changes from the top are yet to trickle down.
3. Dal prices.

The Modi government should have been more forthcoming in its initial budgets about the precarious fiscal situation the UPA left India in. It would have put things like constraints in implementing OROP in the right perspective. How much jobs are generated by “Make in India” will effect things. Though with today’s technology the job generation per unit GDP increase is smaller with more Industries more jobs should come.

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1 on November 8, 2015

My counter point is just as Modi-Shah duo can’t be absolved completely from this defeat however hard they fought or the efforts they put in, similarly the Bihari voter too cannot be completely absolved for making Lalu’s RJD the largest political party. 
They have staunchly voted along caste and identity lines. Period.

on November 8, 2015

Off course, they are to be blamed for the future they have just created for themselves but my message was to those who were blaming Bihari’s only and cannot see any fault in BJP’s roadmap. BJP is well aware of the fact that majority in Bihar has always voted along caste and identity lines.

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0 on November 8, 2015

Entire BJP is responsible and many Bhakt like me had pivotal role in BJP loss..

I voted for BJP each and every election (2004, 2009 & 2014) but BJP defeated in 2004 and 2009 and won 2014.
why?

Because in 2014, those also voted for BJP who were earlier voting for congress and others.

So BJP won in 2014 not because of vote of their permanent bhakt, they won because of non-bhakt.

But now when they criticize the BJP gov, Bhakt and BJP (many leaders) simply pass a comment that those are criticizing are congress supporter in past.
Yes, they were congress supporter but now voted for you, so respect them.
understand requirement of non-bhakt voters and value them.

(sorry for english grammar and other mistakes)

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0 on November 8, 2015

I think there are 3 reasons:
1. Lack of strong CM candidate (Sushil Modi does not have a strong self brand)
2. Solid Yadav backing for Laloo (BJP shud have ensured laloo in jail for fodder)
3. Booth level ordination by local karya karta was weak
4. Extremely poor media management by BJP (high time BJP fixed channels like NDTV n Aajtak)

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I think apart form JOB opportunities , price rise , reservation comment added fuel to fire.

Media narrative is also part but then its not case with bihar and i guess UP too

With friends like RSS who need to enemy which are held bend on defeating BJP just to control BJP

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