Hari Seldon wrote:If NDA crosses 272, NM should stay away from allying with Naveen. Odisha represents greenfield opportunity for future growth. Cong has already come 3rd in voteshare there (based on exit polls) - time for lotus to corner opposition space and become the alternative to BJD, for 2019.
Same story in WB and TN as well, IMO.
Of course, I understand, with RS strength being less, they will need whatever support they can get and all but this needs to be balanced with future growth requirements of the party.
BJP should remember their situation in Telangana in 1998. they squandered 18% vote share for coalition dharma. in that case, they had to keep entire AP in mind.
but right now, with BJP growing in TN, WB, OD, and Kerala, it would be foolish to tie up with the major regional parties there IF NDA in its existing form crosses the 272 mark.
Let BJD, ADMK, and TMC stew in suspended terror. make them see ghosts. it's not hard to make these regional satraps paranoid of their own shadows. it can be done with ruthlessness and cold calculation. in this regard, the winding up of regional strongmen/women should be a #1 priority.
in fact, for Indian geopolity in general, the winding up of regional outfits is the #1 priority going forward.
ADMK, TDP, YCP, TRS, NCP, BJD, TMC, SP, BSP: these 9 outfits are the last bastion of an old era.
if BJP truly and genuinely wants to become the Representative of ALL of India, these 9 entities can't exist indefinitely into the future. Next 10 year timeframe, they need to wind up and choose sides.
I left out DMK b/c it is a dying front.