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Tuesday, 10 December 2013


The Shehzada, Mango Man and a Vikas Purush : A tale of election 2013

        To a country that has been a witness to umpteen elections, the winning or losing of a party is not an unusual phenomenon. The sphere of democracy has seen many stalwarts as well as new stars rise, fall and retain their power in the political setup of our country. But the one that has risen today whose win is a reflection of aspirations of people and the dissatisfaction is none other than Arvind Kejriwal, who was called an ‘ant’ by a congress minister. He has emerged to be the giant slayer who has reduced the grand old party to a mere third by defeating a veteran like Sheila Dixit giving a fitting reply to the existing parties that he is here to stay and that the process of shift has just begun. This is the story of a "mango man" and his party (Aam Aadmi Party) which evinces a striking fact that what is being sought by people is not free schemes but instead, good, clean and accountable governance where their mandate is respected.

       Defeats are normal in politics and there is absolutely no dishonour in losing a democratic election. Some defeats are tolerable, others are severe. Either way, it is how a party and its leaders respond to that defeat that defines their character. But the Shehzada doesn’t seem to have learnt anything from the crushing defeat in the UP election in 2012. The "escape velocity" for development and change cannot be attained by mere words but with conviction and actions. Tearing away one piece of legislation and giving free schemes by more legislations is not all what people are asking for, and it’s high time that the prince understands the fact that only "will power and confidence" doesn’t help one to overcome an election and discontent of people.  It’s time for the prince to step into reality and concede that the party in his leadership is a wreck and he needs to do more than just imagining of bringing about a change. This would be one birthday gift to the Congress President to see and accept that they are completely decimated in Rajasthan and Delhi and are helpless while BJP got a hattrick in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

      Everything now points to the BJP emerging as the single largest party, by some distance in the coming Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of "Vikas Purush" i.e the man of development, Narendra Modi. Undoubtedly, the momentum is for BJP and it has to maintain and simultaneously consolidate its position. The job only gets tougher and tougher for Modi to sell his development model and ideas in a more effective way as Chattisgarh and Delhi tell us that there is no Modi wave to neutralise the local factors. The credit for the victory of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan should be given to the stellar performance of Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s government which could triumph over the anti-incumbency wave and take the party to a third term in the state which has shown that Shivraj is a Modi in making.  Coming to Rajasthan, the fruitful results are an outcome of Raje's efficient portrayal of pathetic performance of Gehlot government that was labelled as a corrupt incompetent government. In the battle for India, Modi has to navigate his party through the minefields of Bihar and UP moving from the comfort of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. He has to play his cards safe with an array of regional satraps watching him to bet on the outcome at the right moment.

About The Author:-

    Manoj Reddy 
    3rd Year, BBA-LLB (Hons.)
    FOL, IFHE, Hyderabad.


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