Coalition dharma is the intrinsic property of Indian politics and BJP is one of those parties which has understood the rules of the game better than anyone else. The NDA government under former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a perfect to that. Probably Coalition politics is one area where BJP is miles ahead than Congress.
Interestingly, in the last Lok Sabha Election in 2014, BJP came into power on their own and they didn’t have to depend on other allies of NDA for the magic number. Call it a matter kf coincidence or strategy, after 2014, BJP has tried to fight on their own in statewise Assembly Elections. They have got huge success in states like Maharashtra, UP and very recently Tripura. The writing is very clear on the wall – BJP is keen to establish their own brand all over India and rely lesser on the local players.
At present, BJP in directly locking horns with TDP, Shiva Sena, PDL and the Alkalis. BJP is also absolutely aware of the fact that the relationship with the allies aren’t improving. The recent altercation with TDP over not granting of special status has highlighted BJP’s high handed approach altogether.
Be it Hyderabad or Jammu & Kashmir or Maharashtra, Amit Shah & Narendra Modi is definitely looking to bolster BJP’s own strength. Side by side, one must not forget that public psyche has changed a lot. Regional parties are not getting public sympathy as people are more keen to elect parties with national presence.
Thus BJP as a whole is stressing personal branding with Narendra Modi as the Hindu King. At present BJP is nurturing Yogi Adityanath for future Hindutva icon and Narendra Modi as the liberal face of the party. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that BJP’s change in stance will have direct impact on national politics as well as different regional parties all over India.