Jamshedpur: Has Narendra Modi just failed in creating a ‘magical wave’ in favour of BJP’s candidate Vidyut Varan Mahato today? And is the fact that only around 10 thousand people were there to hear him in Gopal Maidan any indicator of things to come? Has the ‘Narendra Modi leher’ finally stopped short of reaching Jamshedpur?
If the thin presence of Jamshedpureans at Gopal Maidan is any indication, it seems BJP candidate Vidyut Varan Mahato would find it really tough to beat his opponents.
There is no doubt about it. There is a ‘leher’ in Narendra Modi’s favour all over the country. The media reports, the mad online rush and the strong crowds thronging his rallies in different parts of the country indicate this.
However, the very fact that there were only around 10 thousand people in the Gopal Maidan today makes Narendra Modi’s rally in Jamshedpur a dismal performance by his own standards. A sizeable number of people gathered at the scene were party members from the three districts of Kolhan.
Modi has been drawing huge crowds in different parts and towns of the country. Even in comparatively smaller townships, it is not uncommon for him to draw 30-40 thousand strong crowds. In Jamshedpur, however, the crowd was unexpectedly thin.
And this lacklustre performance by the star campaigner of BJP has become the talk-of-the-town. Most people have already begun seeing the writing on the wall. And people at the street-corners were seen discussing the reasons for such a disappointing show by BJP in this city.
Although, many local BJP leaders, expectedly, claim that the timing of the rally, the delay in arrival of Mr. Narendra Modi and also the scorching heat were the principal reasons for thin attendance in the rally, these do not sound like plausible reasons. It is because Narendra Modi has been drawing much bigger crowds even amid more adverse conditions and even in much smaller townships elsewhere.
To be fair to Narendra Modi, this lacklustre performance was more a failure of the local BJP leadership than his own. He did try to make amends by his trademark rhetorical speech. However, the end-impact proved to be very ordinary. Not something that would create a wave in BJP’s favour. Not something that would bring advantage to the BJP candidate. Not something that would make the party supporters cheer up before the final lap.
There may be many reasons why Modi’s rally could not leave much of an impact in the city. One, there is an in-fighting within the ranks of the party. Although, local BJP leaders are trying hard to put up a united front in public, there are many party leaders, workers and supporters who are not very happy with the way an outsider candidate has been foisted on them. And though senior party leaders were seen on the stage, their presence there does not guarantee full-fervour from the grassroot supporters in favour of party’s official candidate.