Delhi’s political corridors are abuzz with discussions about the possibility of the Modi government at the center conducting Lok Sabha elections in January or February. Meanwhile, recent statements by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have added weight to these speculations. Both Banerjee and Kumar have suggested that the Lok Sabha elections could be held ahead of schedule.
… Therefore, we opposition parties are uniting
In a pointed reference to the BJP-led central government, Nitish Kumar asserted on Tuesday that the Lok Sabha elections could indeed take place before their scheduled time. He mentioned that the central government might opt for early elections. “We’ve been saying for seven months that they could call for elections before time. Therefore, we opposition parties are uniting,” he stated.
Mamata’s Claim – BJP Leaders Have Booked Helicopters
Mamata Banerjee’s claim a day before Nitish Kumar’s statement further fueled the debate. Addressing a rally of the youth wing of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), she suggested that the BJP could hold Lok Sabha elections as early as December. She criticized the saffron party for transforming the nation’s unity into discord among communities. She warned that if they return to power, they would turn the country into a land of hatred. Banerjee claimed that the BJP has already booked all helicopters for their election campaigning, preventing other political parties from using them. She highlighted her victory over the decades-long Left rule in Bengal and expressed confidence in defeating the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
BJP’s Vigorous Preparations
The preparations of the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are in full swing, regardless of the timing. The party is heavily emphasizing the promotion of the nine-year achievements of the Modi government in the political discourse, which is being seen as an indication of their strategy. While these discussions haven’t yet reached the general public and the political streets, some significant figures at higher levels of power have started giving indications that the government and the BJP’s top echelons aren’t just deliberating but also evaluating the political advantage or disadvantage of holding the Lok Sabha elections along with the assembly elections of four states.
Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar are both seasoned politicians, and both have hinted at the possibility of early elections. If their claims are true, it raises the question of whether the BJP will take the risk of doing so, especially when the inauguration of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya is scheduled for January 2024, and the Ram temple issue holds significant importance for the BJP. It could serve as a way for them to consolidate their support base.