Small arena, big win: on the BJP victory in Tripura

Small arena, big win: on the BJP victory in Tripura

There is a reason that the Bharatiya Janata Party is disproportionately(अनुचित रूप से) pleased(प्रसन्नता) with its performance in Tripura, which sends only two members to the Lok Sabha. From zero to 35 seats in the 60-member Assembly in five years is unarguably no mean electoral accomplishment(उपलब्धि/पूर्णता). But having done this by beating the Left Front, its strongest ideological(विचारधारा/वैचारिक) opponent(प्रतिद्वंद्वी), even if not the biggest political threat(धमकी/ख़तरा) nationally, has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah a special satisfaction. Mr. Modi wanted a victory in Tripura to be celebrated as much as the victory in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of members to the Lok Sabha. Mr. Shah saw in Tripura a reason for his party workers in West Bengal and Kerala to be extremely happy. The BJP likes to imagine that the Left has wielded a disproportionate influence(प्रभाव/प्रतिष्ठा) on political discourse(प्रवचन), resulting in pushing the entire Sangh Parivar into a place of political isolation(अलगाव/पृथक्रकरण) and unacceptability. It is true that the BJP’s difficulties in finding allies(सहयोगी दलों) for much of the eighties and the nineties had a lot to do with the Left, particularly the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which propped up an effective secular platform for regional parties opposed to the Congress. If the BJP kept its core Hindutva issues on the back burner(ठंडे बस्ते में) during the Vajpayee years in government, then it was in no small measure(प्रमाण/मात्रा) due to pressure from its allies who were earlier part of a Left-backed(वाम-समर्थित) grouping that treated the Congress as the biggest enemy and the BJP as beyond the pale(बाड़ से आगे।). The real story in Tripura is of course the collapse(गिरावट/टूट-शिकस्त) of the Congress vote-bank. Clearly, the anti-Left, anti-incumbency(विरोधी लहर) vote, which includes the tribal vote, has moved completely to the BJP. A tie-up with the Congress, therefore, would not have been the answer to the Left’s loss in Tripura, where it ruled for 25 years. What it needs to do is win back some of the tribal votes that the Indigenous(स्थानीय) People’s Front of Tripura spirited(साहसी/जोशीला) away to the BJP.

The BJP has something to cheer(जयकार/प्रोत्साहन) about in Nagaland as well: it won 11 seats and is in a position to form a government with the support of its ally(मित्र), the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, a breakaway group of a former ally, the Naga Peoples Front. The smaller northeastern States, heavily dependent on the Centre for funds, have a tendency(प्रवृत्ति/रुझान) to back the party ruling at the Centre. Like the Congress earlier, the BJP is currently the beneficiary(लाभार्थी). In Meghalaya, the Congress managed to emerge(उभरना) as the single largest party, but the BJP, with two members, is helping the National People’s Party form the government. After being denied(इनकार किया/अस्वीकृत) in Manipur and Goa last year, when it could not form the government despite being the single largest party, the Congress actively pursued alliances, but with little luck. The Northeast is in no position to help any party win the battle(लड़ाई) for the Lok Sabha, but the winner of the battle for the Lok Sabha is in the best position to win the Northeas

 

 

Important vocabulary

1.Opponent(प्रतिद्वंद्वी),
Synonyms: adversary, aspirant, candidate, challenger, competitor
Antonyms: ally, assistant, friend, helper, associate

2.Influence(प्रभाव/प्रतिष्ठा)
Synonyms: clout, consequence, control, domination, effect
Antonyms: beginning, cause, commencement, insignificance, origin

3.Discourse(प्रवचन),
Synonyms: communication, conversation, discussion, essay, lecture
Antonyms: quiet, silence

4.Isolation(अलगाव/पृथक्रकरण)
Synonyms: confinement, desolation, remoteness, segregation, solitude

5.Collapse(गिरावट/टूट-शिकस्त)
Synonyms: bankruptcy, catastrophe, crash, debacle, destruction
Antonyms: miracle, success, wonder, creation, good fortune

6.Spirited(साहसी/जोशीला)
Synonyms: animated, bold, bright, courageous, energetic
Antonyms: afraid, apathetic, cold, cool, cowardly

7.Cheer(जयकार/प्रोत्साहन)
Synonyms: delight, encouragement, glee, joy, optimism
Antonyms: discouragement, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, depression

8.Tendency(प्रवृत्ति/रुझान)
Synonyms: bias, habit, impulse, leaning, penchant
Antonyms: dislike, hate, antipathy, disinclination, disinterest

9.Emerge(उभरना
Synonyms: appear, arrive, come up, crop up, develop
Antonyms: abandon, decrease, disappear, drop, fall

10.Denied(इनकार किया
Synonyms: banstarcall on, contradict, oppose, rebuff
Antonyms: accept, allow, approve, OK, ratify

11.Threat(धमकी/ख़तरा)
Synonyms: blackmail, hazard, intimidation, menace, peril
Antonyms: certainty, safety, surety

 

Credit The Hindu News Paper

There is a reason that the Bharatiya Janata Party is disproportionately pleased with its performance in Tripura, which sends only two members to the Lok Sabha. From zero to 35 seats in the 60-member Assembly in five years is unarguably no mean electoral accomplishment. But having done this by beating the Left Front, its strongest ideological opponent, even if not the biggest political threat nationally, has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah a special satisfaction. Mr. Modi wanted a victory in Tripura to be celebrated as much as the victory in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of members to the Lok Sabha. Mr. Shah saw in Tripura a reason for his party workers in West Bengal and Kerala to be extremely happy. The BJP likes to imagine that the Left has wielded a disproportionate influence on political discourse, resulting in pushing the entire Sangh Parivar into a place of political isolation and unacceptability. It is true that the BJP’s difficulties in finding allies for much of the eighties and the nineties had a lot to do with the Left, particularly the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which propped up an effective secular platform for regional parties opposed to the Congress. If the BJP kept its core Hindutva issues on the back burner during the Vajpayee years in government, then it was in no small measure due to pressure from its allies who were earlier part of a Left-backed grouping that treated the Congress as the biggest enemy and the BJP as beyond the pale. The real story in Tripura is of course the collapse of the Congress vote-bank. Clearly, the anti-Left, anti-incumbency vote, which includes the tribal vote, has moved completely to the BJP. A tie-up with the Congress, therefore, would not have been the answer to the Left’s loss in Tripura, where it ruled for 25 years. What it needs to do is win back some of the tribal votes that the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura spirited away to the BJP.
The BJP has something to cheer about in Nagaland as well: it won 11 seats and is in a position to form a government with the support of its ally, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, a breakaway group of a former ally, the Naga Peoples Front. The smaller northeastern States, heavily dependent on the Centre for funds, have a tendency to back the party ruling at the Centre. Like the Congress earlier, the BJP is currently the beneficiary. In Meghalaya, the Congress managed to emerge as the single largest party, but the BJP, with two members, is helping the National People’s Party form the government. After being denied in Manipur and Goa last year, when it could not form the government despite being the single largest party, the Congress actively pursued alliances, but with little luck. The Northeast is in no position to help any party win the battle for the Lok Sabha, but the winner of the battle for the Lok Sabha is in the best position to win the Northeas
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