Fall Of Dynasty And Failure Of BJP
Finally, the cat is out of the bag. The long-awaited political result of the biggest state is out and it has as usual taken the political pundits, the media analysts and the touts of electioneering, who fooled the political parties by earning huge amounts in the name of poll planning, by surprise. It is very difficult to read the Indian voters’ pulse and that is exactly what they failed to understand. Even the high-tech poll mangers, educated at Oxford and other renowned institutes, failed to feel the pulse of the Indian people, to convey to the Gandhi scion what to do and how to proceed. The Oxford syllabus does not carry lessons of how to win over the hearts of people of the Indian Republic. The cycle has emerged as a winner, under the young dynamic leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. The young, soft spoken and educated mass leader Akhilesh is a new king of UP now and he has promised to sponge down the old wild allegations against the SP government in the past. For the BJP, the Gadkari Mantra was simply discarded and proved fruitless in UP. His multi-pronged strategies could not bring cheer to the party. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in alliance with the BJP in Punjab defied the pollsters and made history, becoming the first since the state was created in 1966 to win two consecutive elections. In Goa, the BJP ousted the Congress in power; winning 21 to the latter’s 9. The Congress returned the compliment in Uttarakhand, though narrowly, not achieving the majority but defeating the BJP by only one seat, while comfortably retaining the north-eastern state of Manipur.
All eyes were on UP poll. For, UP is an important state like Prussia for much of Germany. Prussia was a large region and undeniably the source of power. In India’s political scenario, UP reflects Prussia, as I am going through the bestseller novel Winter written by Len Deighton, which describes the role of Prussia in the integration of Germany in one sovereign country. In India, if there is such a state, it has to be UP. Not the most progressive, but the most populous. After India’s independence, the control of the king-maker at the Centre has been in the hands of Uttar Pradesh, which has now voted and its result is out for all to see and examine. Last year, when we witnessed the results of other five states that had gone to the polls, the results shook UPA-II because its one ally DMK lost Tamil Nadu and another ally TMC gained West Bengal. The former has been in a state of sulk, the latter has been working as an independent party, much to the Congress’ chagrin—hence, the importance of UP this time around. In that sense, the results of the five assemblies are a serious jolt to the Congress, which is licking its wounds of defeats under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. The stewardship of Rahul Gandhi has proved to be a complete failure in UP, which can be gauged by the fact that in the Nehru-Gandhi family’s pocket boroughs of Amethi and Raebareli, the Congress could win only two out of ten seats. In fact, the first hint of Congress’s decline came from the recent municipal elections in Maharashtra, where Congress fared poorly. I take this as a sign that nationally people are unhappy with the Congress. The core reasons are corruption, inflation, non-developmental policies of the UPA government, etc. The Indian voter is averse to all these and punishes the government he thinks is responsible for them. And this has been witnessed in the results of five state assemblies—especially UP where Rahul’s campaigning, i.e. eating food and sheltering the night at the poor people’s homes, has not worked wonders for the party.
It is very ironical that both national-level parties the BJP and the Congress fought hard to secure only the third and fourth positions respectively in UP. So why are both the national-level parties losing the ground in state-after-state? The answer lies in the fact that the Congress is solely dependent on the Nehru-Gandhi family, whereas the BJP, a cadre-based party, which is regarded as a political face of its parent organisation RSS, with Hindutva as its prominent ideology, distanced itself from the people by shedding its core ethos. Mayawati’s disconnect with the real issues repelled the people of the state from her; and her mis-governance made corruption reach gigantic proportions affecting development thus causing her rout. This is what the perception of voters is now-a-days. They are more aware, more responsive and more retaliating. Mayawati over the years has exploited the people to the fullest. A new change has just struck the state of UP. And it will be the responsibility of the Samajwadi Party to pay back through its work, for what the people of UP have appointed it. And Akhilesh Yadav gave a good example of his magnanimity by announcing many of his decisions on news channels—especially not to demolish the Mayawati’s statues of elephants and Ambedker parks in the state. In fact, this is a victory of social engineering of Samajwadi Party and initiatives of mass campaigning by Akhilesh Yadav. UP voters have shown the mirror to Rahul Gandhi, Beni Prasad Verma, Salman Khurshid and Shri Prakash Jaiswal and their tongue-in-cheek remarks. This may well mark the beginning of the end of dynastic rule at the Centre.