pankajs wrote:Just heard the India Today anchor say on TV, the poorer the voter the more the propensity it seems they have to vote for BJP. He seems to be seeing this in his poll data.
This seems to be the best strategy. From what I have observed, the poorer strata are folks who are much more easy to understand and whose expectations can be handled much quicker. All these Core Group
etc are the richer middle class gang who have this tendency to expect hard work to be put in by some one else. Even in cases like the Sabari Mala temple issue in KL, the street level protesting had participation more from the lower middle class, and the poorer sections. EJs etc. also target these groups, perhaps because they may have more insecure feelings (and can also be more vulnerable to emotional level tactics).
1. Easier to satisfy them. A gas stove or a bank account or Rs 6k a year ... uber-yinduvadis will ask for the sky and even then threaten to press NOTA if not vote for the opposition if their sensibility is offended.
2. As you have pointed out, their demands can be satisfied much quicker/faster. Mostly economic/infra demands are in the administrative realm.
3. As you and others have pointed out, most conversions happen because of poverty and/or hopelessness. First order of priority is to give poor their basic and give them hope of a brighter future based on delivery.
4. Plus there is this reality that there are much more poor but unreached folks than there are under-yinduvadis. Numbers are always a part of electoral politics.
5. Poor folks tend to stick around a lot longer once they are convinced about your sincerity. How many elections have the CON milked the poor in the name of Indira amma for her "Garibi hatao" slogan?
OTOH, under-yinduvadis will threaten a NOTA if Modi even shakes hand with a bollywoodia at a public function. SPOT the difference!
Modi may be many things but he definitely is not a fool.