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Akhilesh Aala Re… BJP And Congress Should Resurge To Lead India

Updated: March 31, 2012 1:33 pm

The UPA alliance is in a shambles after the assembly elections held recently, and the UPA II government faced humiliation after presenting the railway budget. Can anyone say that the government is really functioning? Anyway, who is it functioning for? For we commoners or for the nation? The answer is an obvious No. The grand old Congress party’s dismal failure both in the elections and in governance at the Centre is writ large on the wall. The Congress is waiting to face more embarrassing situations in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, where it rules. The electoral performance of regional parties like TMC, SP, BJD, AIDMK etc are posing a serious threat to the degeneration of Congress in different states. In Odisha, the Congress has become a spent force after a huge defeat in the recently held Panchayat elections, and the BJD had a resounding victory. It has become a normal affair for the UPA partners to criticise the Central government on different policy issues. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is behaving like a poor, hapless leader, who failed miserably in governance. It is a shame that Dr Singh who himself is an economist failed to take appropriate steps to recover our economy and to control inflation and to maintain the growth rate. The UP people literally rejected the Congress party which is ruling at the Centre. But the Congress high command and Rahul Gandhi deny budging after a complete failure of UPA government. It was not an adequate reaction by Sonia Gandhi, who said, “The Congress has more leaders, than workers.” Sonia Gandhi is totally responsible for mis-governance of UPA government, and it is high time she accepted that people of the country were no more reposing their faith both in the Congress and the dynasty. Days are gone when the illiterate Indian masses in hinterlands were worshiping Indira Gandhi as ‘Devi’, and were voting for the Congress. Despite all efforts, Congress top guns like Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi proved futile for the party. Equally, the same fate is faced by another party called the BJP. Although the BJP is ruling in some states, it is not growing politically, as it should, and is rejected frequently, due to the failure in fulfiling the aspirations of the masses. BJP leaders have to concentrate more on Rashtra Chintan and should follow Rashtra Dharma (National interest), instead of Vaikti Chintan (personal cult), as it is a cadre-based party. The BJP leaders should focus on its core constituency and should follow the principle of Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah (everyone should have a happy life).

The failure of national parties like both the Congress and the BJP created a dangerous situation for our national interest. The regional parties would always care for the regional issues, instead of achieving national goals. So, it is high time both the Congress and the BJP behaved in a responsible manner for good governance, to save the sovereignty of the biggest democracy. It is India that should lead the world in the 21st century, not only as a developed nation, but also as a light post.

Akhilesh Yadav has become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is the youngest CM of the largest state of India, which has the largest number of youths in the world. Akhilesh endeared himself to the people because of his down-to-earth approach, his grit and resolve, touring the state on a cycle, not helicopters, and his emphasis on development of the state rather than dwelling on the scams of the Mayawati regime and the shortcomings of other political parties. His style struck a chord in the heart of the voters in the state, who regarded him as one of their own, who understands their needs and problems and can best address them. At the end of the day, Akhilesh won the race. But still there are lessons for him to learn. He is young, and this by itself may not be a blessing in a society that relates age with wisdom. He is entering a bitter battlefield and hopefully comes out as a soldier tested under fire. There is a difficult road ahead, but he has to fulfil his poll promises. So, he must act on his agenda. For a change, he should not allow himself to be surrounded by sycophants. The bureaucracy should be allowed to do an honest day’s job. The police should be told that corruption will not be tolerated. The Dalits need a better deal to ameliorate their condition. The young need jobs so that they stop migrating to big cities to earn a living. Akhilesh can make a difference just by being firm and adhering to his agenda. Though, he will be keenly observed for his ability to resurrect after failures which is bound to be part of ruling a heterogeneous state like UP. But he goes to battle with tremendous goodwill and blessings of all well-wishing Indians. Let’s be patient and watch what the young Yadav has in store for the people of UP and India.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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