The repeal of contentious farm laws is a significant moment and a major political defeat for the Prime Minister and his government. The government’s turnaround is all the more spectacular as it is unusual for the PM to backtrack from major policy decisions, even for instrumental political reasons.
Even if the timing gives clues about the intent behind this announcement, it is not clear how BJP will convert a major policy loss into short-term electoral gains. True, it makes sense for BJP to be rid of the protest issue ahead of these polls. BJP can now hope to re-centre its campaign on more favoured themes such as nationalism, communalism, caste, welfare schemes and law and order.
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