The four major parties – Congress, BJP, BSP and AAP – have gone on top gear with the blowing of Lok Sabha election wind. On one hand, the Congress and BJP have pulled their sleeves up for a direct fight between them, and on the other hand, BSP and AAP have readied for the role of party spoiler of the two main rivals. But one thing is common among the four parties notwithstanding their preparations for the General Elections 2014. And that is internal bickering. No party has been left untouched by the nasty differences among their cadres.
The political atmosphere in the Second Capital City of Nagpur has started getting hotter and hotter and also cliff-hanger. The four major parties – Congress, BJP, BSP and AAP – have gone on top gear with the blowing of Lok Sabha election wind. On one hand, the Congress and BJP have pulled their sleeves up for a direct fight between them, and on the other hand, BSP and AAP have readied for the role of party spoiler of the two main rivals. But one thing is common among the four parties notwithstanding their preparations for the General Elections 2014. And that is internal bickering. No party has been left untouched by the nasty differences among their cadres. The same could be witnessed in the ballot battle by the 10-11 lakh voters out of approximately 17 lakh deciders.
A cursory look at the Lok Sabha elections would show Nagpur being the traditional Congress seat. However, at present, Congress is a divided house with 4-5 groups working in different directions. One of the groups has been actively closer to the most probable candidate by openly active in his every public programme. Remaining 3-4 groups are, however, aloof from any election activity. But the new Nagpur City Congress President is experimenting new activities or say, playing all the moves together for Congress victory. He is holding meetings of in charges of all the six city Assembly segments regularly including “sammelans” (gathering) of party workers, felicitations etc. This time, a list of booth-level (1800 booths) would be prepared and the office-bearers and workers would be given responsibility of managing every booth. A parallel team will openly work for dealing with internal bickering with the blessing of City Congress President. Moreover, an effort is going on for wooing main Corporators of different groups, workers and office-bearers.
All efforts are aimed at enthusing a new life into the party and for victory of the Congress candidate. With each passing day, every corner of the city is likely to turn into a Congress colour. The possibility of BSP posing a danger to Congress, apart from BJP, could not be ruled out, some sources said.
BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY:
The campaigning by Bharatiya Janata Party has been at its peak since the past few months, and the internal rift has also been at its high. The rivals within party and some supporters as well, are turning tables, albeit silently to upset the candidate’s entry into Lok Sabha and also end the political career. The top gun losing the election would enhance the importance of the rival group leader and clear the way for Delhi role. And the failure would push the rival group leader to play the game of chess and checkmate him forever. According to common workers and office-bearers of the party, they also are against the present candidate. They say that the party candidate himself is working so hard and also making the workers toil for his victory. Had the top leader strived in such a way during the last 2-3 Lok Sabha elections, they could have also learnt the lessons and the BJP candidate could have emerged victorious in Nagpur. The workers said they voluntarily work for the party and are not “paid workers.” The candidate is sensing the internal differences and that is why garnering outer support by any means. The BJP is likely to face danger from AAP apart from Congress.
BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY:
There is distinct possibility that the BSP would not have its own candidate. The BJP itself will send the candidate with all expenses from its coffers. If the BSP adopts transparency in its policy in the coming elections, the party’s own candidate will fetch Dalit and Muslim votes. Otherwise, the main contenders would attract office-bearers and workers of BSP towards them by their own ways and means. The big leaders of BSP have been hoping against hopes for party candidature. The BSP faces a tough fight from AAP.
AAM AADMI PARTY:
The story of Aam Aadmi Party begins with Gadkari and ends with Gadkari. The one-point programme of the AAP candidate is defeat of Gadkari. At present, the candidate from outside has triggered a big split in the AAP. The fate of the AAP candidate will be decided by the party’s success in wooing of the city youths in percentage proportion. The party holds the water for influencing 1 lakh plus-minus votes that may prove costly for BJP.