Chennai: The Saffron Party is geared up to fortify its base in Tamil Nadu and desperate to shed its image of being ‘the party from the North’. According to the sources, the huge leadership vacuum that was created after former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s demise, the subsequent squabble over the party and the creation of the factions has created an entry point for the BJP.
National president Amit Shah is said to have helped evolve the micro-management strategy in the wake of its defeat in the 2016 assembly election.
The Saffron Party, on its part, has approached Rajnikant (senior leader Nitin Gadkari openly invited the Tamil superstar to join BJP) to make it clear that it wants to take up every shot that is available to win over Tamil Nadu.
Sources say the party’s strategy in the state is long term as the BJP needs to strengthen its organization first and to cash in on the Modi wave at a later stage. Other than Rajnikant, they are also open to any local unit merging with them, even if it’s one of the factions of the AIADMK.
Turning an earlier loss into a victory also seems to be a forte for the Saffron A-team. It remains to be seen if the party will continue with its onwards march. It’s clear that Shah, whose earlier dream was a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’, now wants an ‘opposition-mukt Bharat’.