The BJP on Tuesday claimed that it is a “serious player” in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and UT Puducherry which are witnessing Assembly polls. The party said it is confident of making an inroad in the assemblies of these states.
Senior party leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said BJP has an “impressive presence” in these states and has emerged as an “effective” opposition. Ms Swaraj is also the election in-charge of BJP in the three states.
The party also scoffed the Congress campaign in the southern states, saying the remarks of its leaders showed that it was run without any application of mind.
“I had said on the first day of campaigning itself that it would not be a token fight. This message has percolated down to the party cadre,” Ms Swaraj said. When asked how many seats BJP was expecting, she insisted that BJP would have an “impressive presence” in the three Assemblies.
She maintained that BJP has sought votes in these states with the promise that it will become an “effective opposition” in the assembly.
“Without making any tall claims, we said we cannot form a government here but want to be an effective opposition. Since we have effectively raised issues like Sabarimala stampede and killing of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, people have hopes of an effective opposition from the BJP,” Ms Swaraj said. She claimed this view was strengthened also because other parties in the fray have failed in the past in their role as the Opposition.
The party maintained that price rise and corruption were the main issues in the southern states, especially Tamil Nadu. Ms Swaraj said the manner in which both LDF and UDF were making allegations of “clandestine deals” between their rivals and the BJP shows her party has bright prospects. “A CPI general secretary has said BJP is likely to win in Nemom, Manjeswaram, Pallakad and Kasargod as it has a secret deal with the UDF as we supported Congress on the pension bill,” Ms Swaraj said. The BJP is hoping to cash-in on the strong anti-incumbency in the three southern states against the ruling party and utter disappointment with the Central government. Asian Age