After a rousing victory in Assam, all eyes of the BJP has been fixated on Manipur. And it has the perfect plot to repeat the heroics of the victory in Assam. Manipur goes to polls along with UP and Punjab early next year. And the party is looking to bolster its presence in the state on cheap availability of LPG cylinders and cheap rice.
BJP banking on Anti-incumbency sentiment
Though the assembly elections in Manipur are about five months away, the BJP has been campaigning in the state for some months now. At the heart of its canvassing are these small meetings. However Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is State party-in-charge believes the anti-incumbency sentiment along with a host of issues to be their trump card.
The Minister believes the incumbent Ibobi Government will suffer the same fate like that of Tarun Gogoi’s in Assam. It is to be noted that the anti-incumbency sentiment worked against the Tarun Gogoi-led Government to vote it out of power.
He said that earlier it was difficult to procure cooking gas cylinders, most of them purchasing from the black market. He also believes people are happy with the Central Government on the availability of cheaper rice.
‘Cooking gas cylinders were earlier difficult to get (for the common man). It took days for delivery and had to be acquired from black market. Now it is easily available, within two days. People are also happy with the central government due to availability of rice at Rs 3 a kg as against Rs 5.60 earlier through the public distribution system. It will be a game-changer’, he said.
BJP’s Rising credibility in the state.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development believes the party’s credibility has risen by leaps and bounds as a result of Modi Government’s programmes. He highlighted that the Central Government has focused on the Northeastern region as a priority and people appreciate it. In addition to that, programmes like Mudra and Jan Dhan scheme which have benefitted them.