5 sure signs Modi government is losing its nerve ahead of 2019 general elections
The party seems to be taking desperate steps after recent Assembly poll defeats.
There are distinct signs of unease in the government before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Economically Weaker sections quota — an appeal to the core "upper caste" constituency — came all of a sudden.
As the Congress stepped up pressure on the Rafale deal in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the debate on the issue in the Lok Sabha, fielding Arun Jaitley and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman instead.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill — which treats Muslims and non-Muslims differently — was brought in to appease the core Hindutva constituency, but backfired in the Northeast, where the party may bear the brunt of local anger.
CBI director Alok Verma was hastily divested of his duties days before his term was to end. The BJP's policy vis-a-vis allies is also unclear. The party is ceding seats to allies, as in Bihar, to have an alliance in place, but also engaging in a war of words with long-time ally Shiv Sena.