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BJP trying to topple State governments: Game of thrones

Print edition : August 16, 2019

Film and television personalities from West Bengal joining the BJP in the presence of State BJP leaders Mukul Roy (left) and Dilip Ghosh in New Delhi on July 18. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

On the eve of the annual July 21 rally, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Bannerjee interacting with party workers in Kolkata. The rally was organised to commemorate the 1993 Kolkata firing on Trinamool cadres in which 13 people were shot by the West Bengal Police. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan (right) and Madhya Pradesh unit president Rakesh Singh (left) leave after a meeting with State party leaders in Bhopal on July 25. Photo: PTI

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath with two BJP MLAs, Narayan Tripathi and Sharad Kaul, addressing a press conference in the State Assembly building in Bhopal on July 24. Photo: A.M. Faruqui

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP State president Madan Lal Saini and senior party leader Om Prakash Mathur discussing strategies after the Assembly election results were announced, in Jaipur on December 9, 2018. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, a file photograph. Their rivalry poses a bigger threat to the party than any outside element. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

BJP working president J.P. Nadda with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (yellow shirt) and former Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar (holding a bouquet) and other Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP, in New Delhi on July 11. Photo: Kamal Kishore/PTI

While the BJP is doing aggressive poaching in the Trinamool Congress camp in West Bengal, it has been unable to harm the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh because of divisions in its State unit. In Rajasthan, its leadership problems may ensure the fortuitous survival of the Ashok Gehlot government for a full term, but in Goa, it has practically crippled the Congress with en masse defections.
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