Unsettling the elected governments, trapping a Chief Minister of a opposition party, purchasing MLAs to defeat a heavy weight of the Congress in Rajya Sabha election, misusing government agencies to harass the opposition leaders form the evil design to decimate opposition parties to have a smooth sail for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress had 51 seats in Gujarat assembly and the number was more than enough for the win of a senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, political secretary to the party president Sonia Gandhi. The BJP wanted to have its way and become the hurdle to the success of Patel. A rebel Congress candidate was fielded only to narrow down the victory line of the Congress candidate. The bidding was raised as high as Rs 15 crore per head and three Congress MLAs resigned from the party and within 24 hours, three more MLAs quit the party. Violating all democratic norms, the BJP was on the purchasing spree. Political corruption is more dangerous than the official graft of politicians and public servants. The Prime Minister , Narendra Modi, is well aware of the fact, but it is a question of political gains. He either looks to the other side or allows all legal and constitutional violations. When the Congress transported its MLAs to Karnataka, the government machinery came into motion. Income Tax raids were conducted on the state energy minister D K Shivakumar who managed the stay of the Gujarat MLAs at his resort. No one will sallow the argument offered by the union finance minister Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha that Shivakumar was already listed by the Income Tax department.
It is reported that Ahmed Patel emerged victorious and the votes by two Congress rebel MLAs were invalidated because they showed their ballots to Amit Shah and not just the authorized person appointed by the party. This shows the open subversion of democratic norms. Ironically, this came on heels of trapping the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who demolished the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form new government. The political parties have alleged that the CBI raids were conducted to create a rift between the Chief Minister and Lalu Prasad Yadav, the chief of RJD, the major ally. By joining hands with the BJP, Nitish Kumar woefully reversed the mandate he got in 2015 elections because the majority of voters rejected the BJP despite the fact that the Prime Minister made a hectic campaign in favour of his party. The example of Bihar shows how the BJP can dump the mandate of the people by manipulating the representatives of the people.
In Uttarkhand, it unsettled the elected government and the BJP came to power. In Goa, it did not get the majority, but the BJP succeeded to form the government. It has to face elections in Karnataka and Gujarat and political observers opine that the BJP would use all the dirty tricks it has mastered so far.
In the model state of the Prime Minister, it is an Herculean task for the BJP to retain power and in Karnataka, the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is an invincible wall for the BJP’s entry into the south.
So strong is the greed for power that the BJP is least bothered about democratic norms and constitutional obligations. The BJP is bent on decimating the opposition parties by hook or by crook. The Samajwadi Party on August 7, alleged that the BJP was determined to finish opposition in Uttar Pradedh. Senior party leader Ramgovind Choudhary said the party president Akhilesh Yadav was the main target for the BJP. This is not the case of the Samajwadi Party, but almost all opposition leaders are in the firing range of the BJP.