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The BJP’s Southern Strategy

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The BJP’s Southern Strategy

How the BJP plans to win over South India in the lead up to the 2024 election.

The BJP’s Southern Strategy

Political parties in India are slowly gearing up for the 2024 election showdown. Beyond the Indus podcast hosts Joe Wallen and Tushar Shetty speak with a BJP heavyweight and strategist in the state of Telangana, Krishna Sagar Rao, to break down the BJP’s approach to win in South India — a region that has long withstood Modi’s political juggernaut. We discuss the BJPs organizational shake up, its attempts to reverse its political fortunes in the southern states, and the historical reasons why the party has found it difficult to compete in the region.

We also talk about the Supreme Court decision to stay Rahul Gandhi’s conviction — and his reinstatement to the Parliament — as well as a historical analysis of the politics of polarization in the subcontinent.

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