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Party with a Difference?

From adopting winnability as the core principle of nominating candidates to removing political appointees of the previous government, and in dealing with governments of opposition parties, the behaviour of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been so much like the Congress that the latter would rejoice in the assurance that there is no mukti from its ways and manners. The crucial difference between the BJP and other parties is that it is able to instil a sense of destiny not just among its rank and file but also the general public and convince it that the party is doing desh seva while others have been doing only politics.

Political parties in India have long displayed a tendency towards what some commentators have called “Congressisation.” The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, has received criticisms that in the moment of its high glory and political ascendance, it is beginning to behave much like the Congress (Sen 2017).

Improving upon the classical war cry of non-Congressism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi aggressively campaigned for a “Congress-mukt” India during the election campaign of 2014. While the aggression was a novelty, the idea itself has been basic to the existence of the BJP. Not only has it (and the Jan Sangh earlier) always aimed at replacing the Congress but it has also spoken of clearing the political ground of “Congress-type” politics.

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Updated On : 20th Apr, 2017

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