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Friday, 27 November 2020

BJP in Catch-22 situation

Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 26

The farmers' "Delhi Chalo" protest has meant trouble for the BJP-JJP government from the word go. While it has landed the BJP on the horns of a dilemma, its alliance partner's image as the farmer face in the state has taken a beating.

The BJP finds itself in a Catch-22 situation in the midst of the protests. While it does not want the protesters to reach Delhi since its party government at the Centre is at the receiving end, it does not want to take any stringent action against the protesting farmers.

"The BJP is in a spot when it comes to this particular protest. That Haryana could not hold back the farmers will reflect poorly on the state leadership while any action against the protesters will be counter-productive. This protest and dealing with it has been a very tightrope walk for the leadership, which the state leadership seems to have handled to the best of its ability," a party leader said.

While the urban-centric BJP "dent" might only be cosmetic, the protests and the silence of the JJP will leave a lasting impact on the party and its support base since farmers are its primary vote bank and the party claims to be the farmers' voice in Haryana. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has already started to question Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala's silence on the protests.

Earlier, when the farm laws were passed, Dushyant faced similar questions from farmers' organisations, which urged him to quit the government. Pushed into a corner, Dushyant finally got away by stating that he would step down if MSP was ever fiddled with. However, this silence does not augur well for the party's long-term plans.

from The Tribune

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