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Is South India the new Uttar Pradesh of Indian politics?

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi's talk over with to the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Sunday to address public gatherings and release new initiatives may be able to be the BJP's selection path to sitting on the treasury benches in the 17th Lok Sabha after May 26 - and there are explanation why the party is feeling bullish quite than bluish over its electoral possibilities down south.

It was once mentioned in Indian parliamentary politics that the party which captures a majority of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh (UP) will get to rule on the Centre - the southern states would possibly simply supply that additional heft for the BJP which has faced a drubbing in the fresh meeting polls in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, at the side of dropping Chhattisgarh.

People attend the general public assembly in Madurai on Sunday

What's on be offering: In general, the 5 states and one UT (Puducherry) in South India - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana - be offering 120 seats and with the exception of for Karnataka, the place the BJP has a state executive in energy and 17 Lok Sabha seats out of 27, it is a non-entity or thereabouts in all different states. It has simply two seats - in alliance - in Tamil Nadu, zero in Kerala, the place it used to be his 2nd talk over with in not up to 2 weeks and simply 1 seat in Telangana, a leftover after its alliance partner TDP walked out of the NDA and 2 seats in Andhra Pradesh.

Options open: PM Modi, even while addressing a rally in Madurai the place he laid the root stone for an AIIMS, evaded criticising any of the regional parties - reserving his ire just for the Congress and the Communists with indications that the saffron party is thinking about an alliance with the ruling AIADMK, which won 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. In reality, earlier this year, Modi himself did not rule out the possibility of allying with the AIADMK. Then of course there is the X-factor, in the type of Rajnikanth, the Tamil superstar whose admiration of Modi is no secret.

The Hindutva aspect: The Supreme Court decision on Sabarimala - permitting ladies in the 10-50 age staff entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple - has come as a blessing for the BJP and its core constituency as the decision consolidated the staunch Hindus towards the Kerala executive of the communists who insisted of implementing the SC order, angering a majority of the Hindus. In reality, at his rally in Thrissur, Kerala, Modi pounced upon the chance to accuse the state executive of being insensitive to the folk's cultural ideals - a touch on the Sabarimala controversy. He additionally accused the UDF executive of framing former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan for spying - the scientist, who used to be acquitted of all charges through the SC, used to be conferred the Padma Bhushan this year.

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