In a recent revelation, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi hinted at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) growing influence in Mizoram and Telangana. This statement, made in the aftermath of a BJP Parliamentary party meeting, suggests the party is solidifying its political footing in these regions. While the specifics of the meeting and the strategies propelling BJP's growth in these states were not divulged, the implication is clear: The BJP is steadily expanding its reach across India's political landscape.
BJP's Steady Rise in Mizoram
On Monday, the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) clinched a landslide victory in the Mizoram assembly elections, securing a decisive 27 seats against a disappointing 10 by the incumbent party, the Mizo National Front (MNF). Interestingly, the BJP managed to win two constituencies in the southern extremities, marking a slight increase from previous elections. This development, however minor, signals the BJP's growing relevance in a state where it has historically struggled to make headway.
For the first time since Mizoram gained statehood, a political party other than the MNF or the Congress will form the government. The emergence of the ZPM as a strong contender suggests that despite the BJP's growing presence, regionalism is still a potent force in Mizoram's political discourse.
BJP's Progress in Telangana
Meanwhile, the BJP's performance in Telangana has also shown signs of improvement. Although it remains a smaller player, the party's recent wins are a marked improvement from five years ago when it secured just one Assembly seat with a vote share of almost 7 per cent. Currently, the BJP is confident of surpassing its 2019 Lok Sabha tally of four seats out of 17. The party's focus now is to augment its base in southern states, countering critiques about its strength in these regions.
The BJP's steady growth in Mizoram and Telangana indicates the party's strategic efforts to increase its political influence across the country. These developments, while seemingly insignificant in isolation, could have far-reaching implications, particularly in the context of upcoming local or national elections. The BJP's statement seems to portray a sense of momentum in areas where it has historically held less sway, a strategy likely intended to boost party morale and encourage continued expansion.