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BJP mukt Bharat begins from Bihar?

Bihar results were not surprising at all, many were sure about Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav’s victory. However, nobody expected BJP to lose with such a huge margin. The beginning of the ‘End of BJP Era’ has started with this assembly election. Thanks to the ‘slip of tongues’ of BJP politicians with ‘bhagwa’ clothes (Read: Sakshi, Prachi and Adityanath). Majority of the Indians are intelligent enough and harping on religion, food, caste, does not tally with an average Indian. There was repercussion on Modi’s policies. It does not augur well for Bihar. The strong showing of JD(U) led Grand Alliance carved out landslide victory. BJP will have to change its intolerant policies and accommodate the interest of all. It has to become ‘Serve dharma sambhav’ party and not a dividing one. Conflict-ridden politics has no place in India. What is at stake is the secular and democratic character of the state. Nitish Kumar and Grand Alliance deserve all the accolades and congratulation. Moreover, one man show will not take the BJP anywhere in the future and politics is the game of group. If the party continues to marginalize and ignore the local leaders and cadres, it is definitely heading for a disaster. Also, in the caste ridden Bihar politics, development agenda is well recognized with Nitish at the helm. BJP failed to project a strong leader from its ranks in Bihar, resulting in the rejection. It is a clear division of votes, upper caste voted for BJP whereas rest voted for Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar’s Mahagathbandhan. It is also time for BJP to decide on party leadership. Amit Shah unfortunately is seen as a communal face of the party, despite his best efforts to push the cadres to go for the kill. Congress took a great decision by aligning in grand alliance to tackle Modi’s waves.

The grand alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad seemed to be comfortably gaining the power, despite of aggressive propaganda against them. They very well applied the butter on people but till the end duo gave fitting replies to PM Modi’s allegations. The web of lies which BJP and the multinational media stitched up to bring down Congress lead UPA in Lok Sabha elections, same was applied here also. We are looking forward to the next Lok Sabha election by the time people would have surely seen the lies of BJP and will rectify their mistake of last Lok Sabha election. It’s really a painful defeat for such a Grand National party. I become very happy when someone’s arrogance is answered correctly. It’s too bad that they will not learn any lesson by this and will use the divisive politics as usual. BJP paid for the over-confidence of Modi. Now, he should learn the lesson from the shameful defeat of Bihar and change his arrogant behaviour. People elected him for the development of this country and not for condemning Congress Party. Modi should concentrate on his duty otherwise his party will have to pay more badly than this in future. He should show positive attitude and refrain himself from negativity. Modi should realize that he is the Prime Minister of this country more than a BJP campaigner. He should mind his language and expressions; people are fed up with his foreign tours and speeches. They want promises made by him to be delivered.

Bihar poll outcome was a referendum on the performance of Narendra Modi. This is the second successive defeat of the BJP after Delhi Assembly polls, would lead to realignment of political forces as “bubble” created by the last Lok Sabha polls has finally busted. It will reflect on his leadership. Like entire country, people of Bihar were disappointed over the performance of the Prime Minister and his government. Modi held as many as 31 rallies in the state when generally Prime Ministers address four to five such rallies. He and BJP need to understand that there is anger against him within his own party. Margdarshak Mandal is mainly a group of elderly BJP leaders like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi besides the indisposed former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Prime Minister as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh are also members of the Mandal which has not had its meeting so far. It was constituted soon after the BJP-led NDA came to power in May last year. Detractors of the BJP have always dubbed the Margdarshak Mandal as an Old Man’s club to accommodate sidelined veterans.

Coming back to voters, BJP should introspect on why the people of Bihar have lost faith on them. The people of India have voted BJP for pushing the reforms and to show them development. Why the PM is not showing interest to solve the long standing problems of farmers? Going to foreign countries may work for bringing investments, but the poor and middle class have desires for simple things which are not considered with utmost care. Launching schemes is easy but how far the poor have benefited from them is a big issue.

Whatever happened in Bihar, it’s a lesson for everyone. Now, even we have to watch, how long Lalu will hold his ego. This is not the victory of Lalu, but the defeat of Modi and his arrogant strategists, cow politics, divisive and communal politics. Like always, Indian voters choose lesser evil, at least for now. Caste politics seems to be lesser evil than communal politics. The fight between Lalu and Nitish is not too far away. Caste can get votes but can’t keep in power. Like religion, caste is even more divisive and dangerous. So, two lessons here one for BJP- Cow can’t bring votes always, cow too can kick you into dung. And for Lalu and Nitish caste can bring you votes, but will not keep you united. Lot of people are excited, but it is sad indeed. Indian voters have choice between fundamentalists of caste and religion, which one is worse? I hope here after, there will be peace in India and Modi will gain some wisdom.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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