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Modi-Shah’s BJP needs a new ‘enemy’ for Bihar election. Pakistan and Sushant won’t work

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With China emerging as the main enemy in recent months, the Bharatiya Janata Party will have to find a new ‘other’ to whip up sentiments ahead of the Bihar assembly election beginning 28 October. China doesn’t do the job because it hardly evokes the same anger or hatred that Pakistan does among a majority of Indians to suit the BJP.

Pakistan-bashing has always been the favourite pre-election rhetoric of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s BJP, mainly because it echoes across states — from Gujarat to Assam. Pakistan is an easy target, a toxic, blood-thirsty and, most importantly, Muslim neighbour. It immediately triggers an emotion of being the ‘other’ that needs to be taught a lesson, and that of course, can only be tackled by Prime Minister Modi’s ‘56-inch chest’. For BJP’s core voter, it suffices that Pakistan is an Islamic state, and the projection of it being the perpetual aggressor adds just the right seasoning.

But in the Bihar assembly election, given the overwhelming China factor and Islamabad in the background, Modi-shah will need to find a new target.

The BJP did try to create a new enemy with the Sushant Singh Rajput case and Rhea Chakraborty in the dock, but after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) ruled out any foul play in the actor’s death, a lid has been put on this for the time being.

Even though the scales are tilted in the ruling BJP-JD(U)’s favour in the state, with the Opposition a splintered and weakened mess, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would find a campaign too dull and mellow without identifying a clear ‘vicious’ enemy that can be persistently attacked to generate hatred among its electorate.

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What does a state election in Assam or Gujarat or Uttar Pradesh have to do with Pakistan? Why should Pakistan........

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