The Bharatiya Janata Party has coined the slogan – Modi for PM for the upcoming general elections in 2014. The declaration throws light on the changing political climate in India – moving from party system to individuals, similar to what the US practices.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Congress party are getting ready to name their prince – Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate. The party has its roots in the Indian culture and wants to implement it by practicing dynastic politics as well. Rahul’s father and grandmother have been PMs as well, and it is by dynastic right that Rahul assumes significance.
On the other hand, Narendra Modi has been canvassing hard on the development plank rather than what comes naturally to the BJP – Hindutva. Perhaps the party realizes that the traditional agenda is not going to fetch many takers and hence the shift in stance. Horses for courses!
BJP’s general secretary Ananth Kumar, the lone face of Karnataka, has stated that the upcoming elections will be fought on the lines of JP Narayan’s brigade against Indira Gandhi’s emergency era. The JP movement kicked congress out of power but the lack of a united opposition ensured that congress grabbed reins of Delhi before the movement gained fruition.
BJP is going to start a new campaign called as one vote, one note. Mind you, the sequencing of the campaign is important here. If it was one note, one vote, it literally refers to every political party that buys votes with notes. But, in this case, the BJP is asking the electorate to support it by donating anywhere between Rs.10 and Rs.1000. This move will help it realize the kind of support it has garnered and also brings the electorate closer to the political machinery.
The congress is moving swiftly by bringing in a cyber army to check the Modi social attacks on Shehzada (Rahul Gandhi) and the congress party on a whole.
This elections holds plenty of surprises, and many more strategic maneuvers between the two national parties. The last thing we want to see is a debutant like AAP coming in and spoiling the Indian political party.
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The Sinking Ship ?
It is said ,
” When a ship is about to sink , the rats desert it ”
Is Congress , a sinking ship ?
Here are some reasons to believe so :
> Some years back , TMC deserted it
> Ever since A Raja / Kanimozi episode , DMK was threatening to leave it .
This finally happened last week
> On issue of Telengana , TSR left sometime back. Now Kiran Reddy is
about to leave
> Last week , Prafull Patel gave a hint that NCP is getting ready to leave ,
when he he asked Congress to own up all of its past mistakes , starting
with 2G Scam
Earlier , Sharad Powar had made it amply clear that he won’t work under
Rahul Gandhi as a PM
> Having got a ” Clean Chit ” from CBI in the dis-proportionate assets case
Mulayam has started distancing himself from Congress
> Having got special status for Bihar , Nitish has ceased to cozy-up
And now , to top it all , Congress workers ( motivated by Sheila Dikshit / JP Agarwal ? ) , are demanding that Congress withdraw its ” Outside Support ” to AAP
For a ” Re-born Reformist ” Rahul , it is a classical case of ,
” Dammed if I do , dammed if I don’t ”
If he agrees to withdraw support BEFORE the swearing – in ceremony scheduled tomorrow , he will stand exposed as a fickle-minded and a foolish leader , who cannot be trusted , even by friends !
If he decides to withdraw support AFTER the swearing-in , ( by voting against the confidence vote , mandatory for a minority government ), people of Delhi would hold HIM responsible for bringing down AAP government
And that would make Arvind Kejriwal , a martyr !
And further ensure that in a re-poll , AAP returns to power with a thumping majority and Congress loses , even those 8 seats !
From the view-point of 2014 elections , such a total rout of Congress in Delhi , would be a dream-come-true for BJP !
But I hope , Arvind – and his party men – realize that :
> Sinking of the Congress-Ship , is neither their objective , nor a priority
Leave that job to BJP !
> Delivering on pro-poor reforms is their priority No ONE
> To be able to deliver these reforms , it is necessary for AAP to assume
power – then survive Confidence Vote to retain that power
> To remain in power ( a noble cause ) , they need continued support of
> For Rahul to quell his internal mutiny ( engineered by the sitting
Congress MLAs who suffered at the hands of AAP candidates ) , AAP
must not push him to the wall !
> If AAP goes after the past corruption cases of defeated Congressmen
( – and women ? ) with vengeance , Rahul will be left with no option
but to withdraw support
In a game of chess , you don’t try to checkmate your opponent in the very first move !
It has to be your FINAL / WINNING move !
If need be , please re-read your Chanakya !
* hemen parekh ( 25 Dec 2013 / Mumbai )