The murky war is now over for the Karnataka polls. The state has witnessed a tug of war among the different political parties, the prominent actors being Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi, H.D. Devegowda and Siddaramaiah. All of them have successfully completed their high-tech election management with the help of top rated PR agencies. Election management is of course now a bountiful profession as one can rake in a lot of moolah within a short span of time.
It is a tough job, every party and candidate have to analyse the implications of every actions; both his own and the rivals, starting from rigging of booths to preparing statements on every issues. Many of them have engaged experienced journalists to fine tune their respective election strategies. An interesting development that has come out from the Karnataka elections is that the Gandhi dynasty descendant, Rahul Gandhi jumped the gun and confidently confessed that he would be the prime minister if the people voted Congress to power. Is this a matured Rahul Gandhi? Is the Congress growing under Rahul Gandhi? The results will be the deciding factor. Will losing the Karnataka elections spell the doom and the death knell for the Congress? If Congress bounces back in the state, then the party cadres would have high hopes for the forthcoming assembly elections in different states.
In the hypothetical satiation of Congress wining the Karnataka elections, will the credit go to RaGa? The answer is a big No. the incumbent Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, knows very well that if the Congress has to win the elections, then it has to ignore the strategy of Rahul Gandhi. And like Indira Gandhi, the personality of Rahul Gandhi has no impact on the people of Karnataka. Even if one would observe the speeches of Rahul Gandhi at different campuses one can find how casually the youths are sniggering at his incorrect pronunciation of great names like Visheswarayia and other such things. Having age at his side, RaGa could have taken the mileage as a young leader in comparison to Narendra Modi, but he miserably failed to charm the youth masses, unlike his father Rajiv Gandhi. RaGa’s visit to the seers of the Lingayat Mutt has brought some hopes among the cadres of the Congress party.
The fact remains that RaGa looks like a hopeless leader, unfit to lead the grand old Congress party. Winning or losing elections does not matter, he should have succeeded in building confidence among the party leaders and later the public. The leadership capability is still missing in him to lead the Congress party.
In its initial years, the BJP too had found it difficult to win elections, but Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Bhairon Singh Sekhawat were very popular leader of their times. When Vajpayee addressed meetings, people went crazy, mesmerised by his words. The personality, talent and leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been also praised by Pt. Nehru and Indira Gandhi. When Laloo Prasad was the popular Chief Minister of Bihar, Vajpayee had addressed a massive public meeting at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Laloo was apprehensive and beleaguered by the sheer numbers who attended Vajpayee’s meeting and the rousing applause. Later, when Laloo too had called a public meeting on the same ground and addressed the people of Bihar that questioned Vajpayee’s ability to milk the cow? Laloo won the subsequent elections but the leadership quotient of Ataljee was too high, and that is what is missing in RaGa now, who claims to be the PM in 2019. The blood stains of corruption are evident in both Congress and the BJP, along with all other regional parties. During the Karnataka elections, huge number of fraud voter ID cards are seized. Crores of rupees, that would have been used to allure the voters too was seized.
It is a accepted fact that CM Siddaramiah has given a tough challenge to the BJP in the issue of corruption, good governance and popularity factor. Like Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, Siddaramiah too has built a good image in Karnataka. It is high time a strong leader from the Congress party other than from Gandhi dynasty should take over to lead the party. The strategy of the Congress party to divide society in the lines of caste, religion and community would no longer work.
While Narendra Modi is going all out to convince the Dalits, Muslims, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of the country that only the BJP government woll be able to bring them at par with other sections of the society, in the lines of economic growth.
By Deepak Kumar Rath