Quixotic charge

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/4/2019 11:49:22 AM IST

 A month ago, the mood of the nation was more towards change and revival of liberal democracy and less for continuation of Modi at the helm. Five years in office and the BJP under Modi has failed to fulfil all the election promises made in 2014. Instead of ‘Achhe Din Aane waale Hain’(good days are coming) which Modi promised with inclusiveness and sabka saath sabka vikas (collective efforts, inclusive growth); the nation, instead witnessed gangs of cow vigilantes killing on mere suspicions , hate speeches, no black money in people’s accounts while cronies immensely benefitted from the so-called surgical strike called ‘demonetisation’, crores of job loss instead of creating 2 crore jobs each year; one man ruling the roost and who is no doubt the ‘strongest and most decisive’ prime minister after Indira Gandhi; blatant abuse of institutions manned by the chosen few etc and control over the mass media where those who dared expose or question are warned of consequences. As election was announced, the anti-Modi conglomeration or the much hyped mahagathbandan of disparate political parties and opportunists sought to reap the harvest even before sowing. The leaders sat together but once names of probable prime ministerial candidates came up, it deepened the wedge. The Congress, as was the habit of its leaders, dreamt of a ‘Congress prime minister’ and Rahul’s name came up to face Modi. Daggers were drawn over this issue and resulted in the so-called mahagathbandhan dying a premature death. In UP, the SP-BSP shut their doors on Congress and even TDP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu who had backed Rahul as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate developed cold feet and ditched the Congress by deciding not to ally with it in the state. Mamata Banerjee was allergic to any other being proposed as prime minister because she believes it was hers if her party wins all 42 seats in Bengal. As electioneering progressed, Rahul Gandhi, who has been propelled to limelight by a doting mother, has proved to non-serious contender. Rahul has reached his limitations and his lack of experience in political statecraft is beginning to show and has disappointed those who were inclined towards a non-BJP alternative. Rahul is up against Modi, a deep rooted political veteran with decades of experience who rose from the grass root to become three-time Gujarat chief minister (2001-2014)and now seeking to retain the prime ministership. As the election phase draws to a close, there are as many speculations doing the rounds. One thing is clear, that BJP is projecting Modi as the issue and Rahul has fallen for the ploy with his overuse of the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ charge which has buried other issues. Rahul is beginning to lose steam with his trademark ‘chowkidar chor hai’ attack on Modi. The party now has to depend on late entrant, Priyanka to help her brother but it is too little and too late. The Congress looks a cricket team with two batting stars but at the bottom of the IPL. Still, the Congress lives in delusion that it is going to win at least 150 to 180 seats to form the next government with support of other non-BJP parties. The fact is Congress still thinks it is the best bet against a communal party despite the fact that its arrogance has won more enemies than friends.

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