Editorial

A democratic wave

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/12/2018 12:20:30 PM IST

 While all exit polls differed in  their analysis of the larger picture, yet they all were on the same page with inaccuracy. Exit polls had predicted only Rajasthan voting overwhelmingly for Congress and a close race in Chhattisgarh and hung house in Madhya Pradesh. TRS was predicted to win Telangana by a good margin and MNF was shown as having a slight edge over Congress in Mizoram. The results after counting of votes, prove that the exit polls were about 40%  accurate. Congress swept Chhattisgarh and convincingly won Rajasthan, both rules by BJP; while exit polls on Madhya Pradesh went almost along the predictions. TRS also swept Telangana by 2/3rd majority and not the simple majority predicted. In Mizoram, the MNF dealt the sitting five-time Congress chief minister Lalthanhawla and his party a crushing defeat winning 26 while Congress could cling to only five seats in a 40-member house. The  MNF got smart by distancing itself from the BJP and played the alcohol prohibition issue well by winning the church’s support by  vowing to reintroduce the dry law   lifted by the Congress under Lalthanhawla. The BJP lost all big three states which had been the bastions of the party. Three-time chief minister Raman Singh was swept aside by the Congress  despite being a popular figure. Every poll predicted that Chhattisgarh would be a close contest between the Congress and BJP. Some felt that it could even produce a hung assembly and former Congressman Ajit Jogi seriously thought  he would be the king and not king maker. Jogi aligned with Mayawati to be a factor but today, both are nowhere near the field. Another BJP stalwart,  Shivraj Singh Chouhan , the three-time  chief minister of Madhya Pradesh could not make it fourth in a row  after his party narrowly lost to the Congress.   Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje , the  wife of the late Hemant Singh the  Maharaj Rana of Dholpur ,  was also dethroned by the Congress. The recent assembly elections have confirmed that the Modi magic is no longer valid. Even the BJP’s “star campaigner” - Yogi Adityanath(chief minister of UP)- failed to bring dividend for the party with his divisive and communally hate-filled speeches. Amit Shah, the BJP  president has to take responsibility for the miserable performance of his party if the party is to project itself in a more acceptable light. Modi has to share a major part of the blame as he has been held accountable for failing to fulfil the fantastic promises he made during 2014. The growing disenchantment with the BJP among the common people throughout the country is discernible despite the economic indicators which, basically, reflect that the benefits have been accrued to corporate houses. That is why, Raman Singh had to suffer in Chhattisgarh despite being non-controversial. The BJP has huge resources and well organised party structures in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. However, once voters decide these  cannot help the party. In Telangana, the Congress spoilt its chances by aligning with TDP, a party that Telengana people hated for opposing bifurcation of Andhra and creation of Telangana. All in all, the  “vision” of Modi  that he would create a ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’ was a silly thing to say to begin with but which has been dashed to the ground. Instead, voters in the three states have given a resounding response that they value development and not parochial and sectarian politics. Today Pappu is no longer a joke as he has had the last laugh after flooring Modi in the recent polls.

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