Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Nasik on the conclusion of “Maha Janadesh Yatra” 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Nasik on the conclusion of “Maha Janadesh Yatra” 
was seen as the virtual launch of BJP’s campaign for the assembly polls in the state after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis completed a 4000km campaign trail starting from Amravati to Nasik.
BJP president and home minister Amit Shah will be in Mumbai on Sunday to address a seminar on Modi government’s historic decision of nullifying Article 370 that withdrew special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Both Modi and Shah who have emerged the main draw for BJP are set to lead the campaign. While the PM will obviously be the spearhead, Shah, basking in the glow of nullification of Article 370, is going to tour the two states far more extensively.
Besides scrapping of Article 370, the Centre’s other achievements like ban on triple talaq besides the latest mega booster for the economy through historic reduction of corporate tax are likely to be the main campaign theme. They are also likely to drive home the advantage of a “double engine” government - both at the Centre and in the state.
Victory of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha polls was attributed largely to Modi magic of not only assertive leadership but delivering the welfare schemes directly, impacting major chunk of the populace. The legislations on Kashmir have given more boost to the image of Prime Minister Modi and also Shah as assertive leaders, making them campaign spearheads once again.
Though riding on Modi’s aura, BJP will be focussed on the local issues in Maharashtra or Haryana where defections have weakened rivals while the saffron camp faces no leadership crisis in the two states with chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Lal Khattar firmly placed.
Fadnavis has already created history of sorts by completing full five-year term, becoming only the second Maharashtra CM to do so after Congress’s Vasant Rao Naik (1963-75). Khattar on the other hand had a shaky beginning as he had to face wrath during the Jat quota stir, but managed the perception battle well with a clean image and corruption-free performance.
Backing incumbent chief ministers in both the states, the BJP leadership has successfully completed its experiment of going against the tradition of roping in leaders of dominant castes to lead the states.