LOKHSABHA ELECTIONS AND AFTERMATH By Brij Kaul

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pulled off a resounding victory in the general elections for Bhartiya Janta Party winning 303 seats, a record in itself for the party since its inception way back in early fifties.

( In 1951 Shyama Prasad Mukherjee founded Jan Sangh ,which much later was renamed Bhartiya Janta Party . In 1952 Jan Sangh won 03 seats in the election.)

The Congress, in contrast, was routed despite Rahul Gandhi’s spirited untiring campaign against the mighty BJP.

The rout of the congress is more unpalatable in view of Congress victories in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in straight fights with BJP just four months back.

The results largely indicated that the voters treated the 2019 Lok Sabha elections differently than assembly ones, though differential treatment is not commonly observed in Indian political scenario.

Normally the party that wins state elections is winning the Lok Sabha elections as well.

But this time the election was fought more personality centric rather than on the issues facing the nation and the people at large.

Rahul Gandhi by quitting as President of the Congress Party has demonstrated his sincerity in accepting his defeat and relinquishing office of power on “accountability “ and thus setting an example in itself for the present power hungry politicians not in India only but all over the world who love to go overboard to cling to power any way.

That again keeps him par apart from the run of the mill leaders.

Also looking at the Congress Party’s apathy for not finding his adequate replacement for more than eight weeks now has manifested to a great extent that he was holding the pedestal position on his own merits rather than on the “dynasty” tag.

In his four page resignation letter he has attempted to address to the Congress Party failures.

The letter says “I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being… At times, I stood completely alone and I am extremely proud of it,” he writes. Gandhi does not stop here. He goes on: “We did not fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state, every opposition of which was marshalled against the opposition. It is now crystal clear that our once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India”. He further writes “

“I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being… At times, I stood completely alone and I am extremely proud of it,” thus accepting at the lacunae of Congress Party ‘s efforts .

The failure in finding a successor to Rahul Gandhi is hurting the party badly in states like Karnataka, Goa .The Congress leaders both old and young ones are reluctant to come out of the respective safety zones and work with zeal and zest to galavanise the party to its semblance.

The younger leaders do not want the old guards to take charge and hence in a fix as how to break the shackles.

The 2019 results show a definite pro- BJP shift in the India’s body polity. The Party’s vote share was 37% overall.

Normally The Congress has been fighting more seats than BJP. But this time BJP had contested 436 seats and the congress only 421 seats suggesting for the first time a bigger political presence than the Congress. The BJP leders have been able to drive unprecedented large chunk of Hindu voters to consolidate behind BJP and its allies. , thus managing successfully to torpedo the dominance of Congress on the Indian Political spectrum thus making religion–based approach to politics in contrast to Congress’s inclusive politics. Having said so The Congress did manage to get nearly 21% (12 crores )of votes for its vociferous campaign for inclusive politics looking to the multi religious ,multi lingual , multi caste geographical structure of India.

That was not enough to browbeat the mighty BJP who got around 37% (22crores) votes to enjoy a graceful victory after a long time probably first time in the election annals.

Now with full majority BJP should relentlessly devote its energies to the development and building infrastructure to push the country further towards progress and prosperity.

Conclusion

BJP should not fritter away this magnificient opportunity rather use it to bolster the economy to new heights and thus alleviate the poorest of poor from the abysmal poverty, hunger and deprivation.

It is well known fact that big business men of this country  have every time stood by the Govts of the day and thus pedaled off their   ambitious projects to successful ends.

The recent Tax terrorism started by the Govt has driven one of the biggest entrepreneurs to commit suicide.

The Income Tax authorities need to be tough but friendly to impress upon such people to pay the taxes without harassment as such. The Govt needs to have a re-look on the procurement mechanism of unpaid taxes so that people volunteer to come forward to pay taxes gladly.

On the political front, BJP’s image as a party with vision is badly impaired. This is on account of ,first ,toppling of Karnataka State Govt and secondly because of the way Kuldeep singh Senegar case was handled. He ought to have been expelled long ago for bringing disgrace to the Party.

It is not enough to give lecture on morality every month by the honoured PM but prevent untoward happenings being practiced by ruthless politicians on ground.

The PM Narender Modi should be alert enough to address to the vulgarity of rape and child abuse.

On the reckless chatter of troop movements in Kashmir Valley ,a rumour is being surfaced in Srinagar that Govt is intending to do something with the special status ,let us wait and watch what is in the offing for the people of the valley at last.

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7 thoughts on “LOKHSABHA ELECTIONS AND AFTERMATH By Brij Kaul

  1. A very good article.
    It is a fact that big mandate means a big responsibility and more expectations from the common man with regard to safety and financial guarantee.
    Time will decide as to whether the decisions taken by the government are useful or a mistake.
    Very interesting article.

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  2. Hey Brij, I am having trouble understanding what is going on in your country right now. Why is the Indian government cracking down on Muslim controlled Kashmir? Is it religious persecution or are there other reasons?

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    1. Along story cut short at the time of Indepandence in 1947 Kashmir was having muslim majority but ruled by a Hindu king Harisingh ,Harisingh opted for independence and not to choose the option of either joining India or Pakistan. But suddenly Pakistan sent invaders to capture kashmir by force. Harising asked or military help from India,PM jawahar lal Nehru to quell the Pak invaders. Harisingh signed the accession with India .The present Govt is trying to do away the anamoly in form of an Article that guaranteed semi autonomy for kashmir in the ambit of Indian Constitution.

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      1. I see. I am glad to see that India plays a defensive role. There is no place for aggressors and invaders in today’s global partnerships of nations. It seems that India is doing the right thing in confining and repressing Pakistan.

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