Subramanian Swamy urges nationalist voters to reject Modi in Varanasi ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Swamy’s comments refer to the ongoing border tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, where clashes erupted in 2020 leading to a military standoff that remains unresolved despite diplomatic efforts.

Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has made a controversial call for nationalist voters in Varanasi to refrain from voting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead, Swamy is advocating for support to be given to BJP party worker candidates.

In a tweet, Swamy stated, “I support nationalist voters refusing to vote for Modi in Varanasi. I support [voting for] BJP karyakarta candidates.” He justified this stance by accusing Modi of allowing China to “brazenly grab 4064 sq km of Ladakh since April 2020 and [telling] a lie ‘koi aaya nahin…'”, depriving Ladakhis of sheep grazing grounds.

Swamy’s comments refer to the ongoing border tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, where clashes erupted in 2020 leading to a military standoff that remains unresolved despite diplomatic efforts.

The BJP leader’s criticism of Modi’s handling of the situation and his call to deny the Prime Minister votes in his own constituency of Varanasi is highly unusual, given that Swamy belongs to the same party.

This move by Swamy could potentially create divisions within the BJP’s ranks ahead of a crucial election. While some may interpret it as an expression of dissent against the party’s leadership, others could see it as a strategic attempt to galvanize support for grassroots party workers.

The BJP has not officially responded to Swamy’s remarks, but the development is likely to cause ripples within the party’s ranks and the larger political landscape as the election season heats up.