The Day People Spelt Their Mandate
Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
A few days ago people across this nation ventured ahead to elect the person who would rule them. Enthusiasm, curiosity ruled the minds of political party representatives and general public as the Great Day (May 23) commenced its innings.
The election of 2019 was a battle where two ideologies fought each other. The thought forms represented by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC, Congress) fought a battle with each other. As the day moved ahead on May 23, prospects turned bright for BJP.
BJP which on many accounts is considered a saffron party, and only interested in majority hindu religion has put up an impressive performance. While Congress which is considered liberal, secular and a party good for all religions has been trailing behind.
Failure on part of employment generation, not able to do much for farmers and Raffale deal controvery were perceived to play a spoil sport for BJP, but the impressive numbers shown by it during the counting has shown that was not the case.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi winning the Varnasi seat in Uttar Pradesh with a margin of 3.85 lakh votes is a bright indicator for BJP, similarly, staying in lead by Smriti Irani when compared to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi too stands a bright prospect for BJP. No amount of campaigning by Congress stalwart Priyanka Gandhi could work wonders.
Nakul, son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamalnath defeating BJP’s Nattan Shah in Chhindwara turned a bright prospect for Congress. A wave of change has swept over Andhra Pradesh also which underwent assembly elections and parliamentary polls this time. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which is considered to be having a strong hold over Andhra Pradesh was seen losing it.
Things have not been that bright for Congress on the day the mandate of people was being revealed as it was for BJP. Political analyst and senior journalist Ramanathan Krishnan says this election is seen as a war between dynastic rule and an attempt to break it down.
Corrupt deeds like 2G, Coalgate have managed to do enough damage to the reputation of Congress, that spelt doom for them in 2014. The fame of the grand old party of India has never managed to recover since then leave alone gaining the confidence of voters. That has shifted the power in the camp of BJP in 2014, now the good performance of BJP in the elections show that the people have decided to retain power with it.
Brand image endorsed by Rahul Gandhi for Congress too did not did appear to have worked out wonders. His leadership, brand image is yet to get wide acceptance. Rahul Gandhi deciding to contest the present elections from Wayanad along with Amethi, perhaps proves the point.
Amethi which for long has been considered a strong point for Congress, Nehru family in particular. Losing it means a big thing for the Congress. The days where people can be easily taken for granted are over, winning over them is not easy now for they are looking for performance among political parties. The present election perhaps indicate that.