How BJP lost the plot

Bhupendra Chaubey discusses with Sudeep Mukhia and Amit Goel the flaws in the electoral strategies of the BJP in handling northern and western states

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Senior journalists Bhupendra Chaubey, Sudeep Mukhia and Amit Goel largely agree that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made miscalculations on several fronts.

Where BJP lost the plot

  • The party harped on Hindutva even where the concern was misplaced, for example in West Bengal
  • Trinamool Congress (TMC) is a stronger organisation than the BJP in West Bengal
  • Dalits who had supported the BJP in the last elections felt alienated
  • Vasundhara Raje's loyalists as well as Rajputs in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were disenchanted
  • Jats could not repose faith in the BJP in Haryana 
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