In India, there is a trend; just before elections, many leaders switch parties irrespective of their ideologies.
Over the last few years, a pattern has emerged in ED and CBI cases, against opposition leaders and the switching of parties. Here are some prominent examples of opposition leaders joining the BJP.
Over the last few months, a lot of leaders joined the BJP. These leaders are awarded by either prominent posts in the government or candidature in various elections. Such a practice is slowly destroying the idea of the formation of the BJP party. In Indian politics, we have seen multiple examples of parties diverting from their ideology; from Janta Dal to Congress. But, when this happens, it becomes very difficult for them to survive. When a leader gets elected by the people, it is because people have faith in his/her ideology, economic policies, etc. When he/she switches parties, it is a breach of the voters’ trust.
Also, when BJP gives candidature to a ‘parachute candidate’, (A leader who gets tickets without doing much work on-ground), disappointment amongst local leaders starts to grow, which up to some extent, affects the local leadership of the party.
In the past also, leaders used to switch parties. But at that time, no party dared to openly boast about how they influenced opposition leaders to join their party. On the other hand, Narendra Modi announces such moves in public rallies. This is the new low Indian politics is facing. Lastly, I believe poaching opposition leaders will be the last nail in the coffin of the BJP.