The political scene in Uttarakhand is hotting-up fast. With the Congress upping the ante in the poll bound-state and the Aam Admi Party (AAP) trying to make inroads in the state, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could be in serious trouble.
The latest cause of worry for the BJP is the circulation of a song against Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat which has become viral on various social media platforms. Sources in the BJP say the party’s central leadership fear that the song, which talks about Uttarakhand voters taking revenge from Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat for alleged misrule and lack of development, could badly hit the BJP’s chances in the assembly polls slated for early next year.
The song against Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that is getting viral says – “Modi tujhse bair nahin, Jhapu teri khair nahin” (We have nothing against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but we will not spare Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat). Jhapu is the nickname given to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat which means a nincompoop, a fool in local dialect.
Several songs highlighting the alleged corruption and incompetence of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat-led government have become viral in the last couple of years in Uttarakhand which have been sung by popular local singers including Pawan Semwal.
But the latest viral song has left the central BJP leadership wary who fear a Rajasthan-Vasundhara Raje like situation happening in Uttarakhand too where people would shun the BJP due to alleged ineffective government led by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
“Just before Rajasthan polls song titled ‘Modi tujhse bair nahin, Vasundhara teri khair nahin’ was released which reflected the popular mood among the voters in Rajasthan against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje which turned the tide against the BJP. Going by the unpopularity of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat a similar thing happening in Uttarakhand cannot be ruled out,” BJP sources said.
The BJP leadership is also worried about the fact that in a recent nation-wide survey of Chief Ministers carried out by a leading Hindu news channel, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was voted as second least popular Chief Minister among all the Chief Ministers in the country. Moreover, just a couple of days the Aam Admi Party claimed that a senior Minister in BJP government in Uttarakhand might join the AAP along with some MLAs. All these developments have left the BJP central leadership a worried lot over Uttarakhand.