Three important decisions and announcements during the five state assembly elections could have a major impact. These include the reduction in LPG prices, the announcement of the Dadasaheb Phalke award to superstar Rajinikanth and the withdrawal of the Reserve Bank’s decision on interest rates. These decisions have come at a time when campaigning for assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry along with Assam and West Bengal is at a peak.
The BJP is contesting these assembly elections as not only prestige, but also major change and future strategy. He has given his full strength in Assam and West Bengal. It is also trying to establish its significant presence in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. In such a situation, three recent major decisions can create an atmosphere in his favor. On March 31, the Reserve Bank had announced lowering of interest rates on various savings schemes, but on April 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the withdrawal of that decision. Lack of interest on savings schemes could have angered people and now an attempt has been made to reduce it.
Along with this, the central government has also reduced the prices of LPG and indicated that the prices of petrol and diesel may also be reduced soon. The common man struggling with inflation can get a lot of relief from this and it can also have an impact on the assembly elections. It is also during the Tamil Nadu assembly elections that the decision to award the Dadasaheb Phalke award to superstar Rajinikanth has also come. Rajinikanth has a strong appeal in Tamil Nadu and is not supporting anyone, but this decision of the BJP-led central government is definitely an attempt to turn Rajinikanth’s supporters in his favor. Significantly, Rajinikanth has postponed his political innings for the time being, leaving his supporting class in a state of confusion. Now the BJP has tried to pull it in favor of the AIADMK-led coalition.
With the assembly elections of five states, a government will be formed in those states, but it is also important in the national perspective. Except Assam, all states are out of the reach of BJP. The party is trying to increase its political presence in these states, so that its strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections can be broadened and reach new areas.