BJP must rethink strategy
As the budget draws near, the BJP finds itself wading into unsure economic and political waters. The tenor of the prime minister’s speeches now are no different than those prior to the Winter Session—of shifting onus to the opposition for the government’s legislative non-performance. Even now, they show no resolve to get requisite legislations passed. The BJP itself is not too sure that either the GST Bill or the land Bill matter immediately, given a dismal global economic picture.For the common man, if the empty space in the meagre plate set before him represented a helpless UPA just a few years earlier, it symbolises the BJP just as much now. The goings-on in Kashmir politics makes for a singular political study of the BJP. Strange that it should have found a mate in PDP in the first place and stranger still that the alliance should held so far. Wisdom is dawning on both, post the Mufti era, that they are losing credibility with their respective vote-banks. More than running the J&K government, political survival is uppermost for each of them. With the J&K Governor having since appointed two advisors, one more state could get added to the list of the five already due for elections, perhaps by budget day itself! BJP should have its hands full and in addition an indifferent opposition to reckon with.