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BJP's killer instinct
Ambitions for gaining absolute power is being fulfilled through dirtiest possible means
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With an unprecedented trend of defections and cross-voting, BJP appears to have put into full gear its machinations of manipulating all electoral processes by hook or by crook. Both the Gujarat scenario in the run up to Rajya Sabha polls this week and the vice-presidential elections reflect this absolute hunger for power pushing the party to a point of desperation. The thumping majority with which Venkaiah Naidu won the vice presidential elections was unexpected, though the numbers the BJP had, already made his case stronger. However, pitted against a person of Gopalkrishan Gandhi's stature, known for his clean image, the values he espouses, intellect and level-headedness, BJP did not want to leave anything to chance and so went that extra mile in bringing other fringe groups and individuals to its camp. In Gujarat, BJP president Amit Shah has resolved to defeat Ahmed Patel, the right-hand man of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the Rajya Sabha election. Patel's re-election was a given because the Congress has enough votes in the legislature to see him through. The battle involves high stakes because of Amit Shah's own personal ambitions as well as the crucial nature of the Rajya Sabha polls as Gujarat goes to assembly polls later this year. The BJP's turf in Gujarat has been weakening in recent years with multiple challenges arising due to Congress' increasing vote share, the emergence of leaders like Hardik Patel and Jigmesh Mawani. It is no secret that Amit Shah and prime minister Narendra Modi treat Gujarat as their own personal fiefdom and would try everything under the sun to ensure that the state not slip away from their hands.

The manner in which the entire Gujarat scenario has panned out beginning with Congress leaders crossing over one after the other almost like an epidemic is shocking. There are allegations of exchange of money that runs into several crores. The Congress, which certainly is not holier than thou may now be tasting the bitter pill of the trend of engineering such defections and horse trading it has been practicing for a long time. Amit Shah and the BJP have only brought this trend to more shocking levels. Rattled by the phenomenon, Congress herded many of its legislators to a resort in Karnataka in order to check the brazen poaching of legislators. The Karnataka minister DK Shivkumar who is believed to have hosted the legislators flown in from Gujarat is now facing a crackdown by income tax sleuths. Whether or not the IT raids were necessitated by some concrete evidence of wrong doing, the timing of the raids make it amply clear how institutions are being used as tools for an ambition to demolish every bit of opposition and usurp absolute power. The Gujarat desperation leaves bare the killer instinct of the BJP, unraveling the depth of dirty politicking and unscrupulous methods that the party's top men can plunge into in pursuit of their personal egos and the mission of making Congress mukt Bharat or an opposition-less country. To this end, the BJP is trying to control every institution and using it to its own personal advantage - whether it is institutions like CBI and IT or the educational institutions, sporting bodies and co-operatives. These are the hallmarks of the totalitarian regimes that seek to gain power and absolute majority, demolishing everything and everyone who can pose a formidable challenge to its power. The control of every power structure and source of patronage including legislative bodies, public institutions and judiciary, which at present has exhibited some amount of fairness, are the signs of BJP's march ahead towards this end. The nightmare has only just begun. With BJP's no holds barred strategies to control every sphere of politics and public functioning, India is gravitating towards a totalitarian state.

News Updated at : Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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