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BJP should hold on to “SAB KAA SAATH, SAB KAA VIKAAS” and practice it

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Tuesday’s bypoll election results of multiple states and assembly constituencies are once again a proof that our democracy is sound and vibrant. The wise electorate knows how to set right aberrations. It is good that people have gone beyond the rhetoric of Lok Sabha elections and have given notice to the BJP. Whoever wins they should do good things for the people otherwise they should resign. Also it’s a big warning; there is no place for complacency. Only Modi or Shah cannot change fortunes for BJP, the whole party has to shape up. People are the eventual judges in democracy. The same people, who voted for BJP to power, slowly developed their aversion. The reason for this setback requires genuine introspection by BJP. Still, there is a time to rectify their mistakes if they are willing to do so. They should win confidence of all sections of the society.

Maharashtra and Haryana is a big threat for BJP as we all know, Sena and BJP is yet to set their differences and come out with conclusion. Devendra Fadnavis type of function can only gather fame on virtual internet world but not on ground level. He has done mistakes in ticket distribution and disappointed many deserving candidates, which has resulted in a rebel group. All those rebellion candidates are contesting as independent candidates in state, who can dent BJP Sena alliance. Congress and NCP can make best use of these independent candidates to their advantage.

The most important factor is that local issues dominate the assembly polls, over the national issues or the popularity or otherwise of the contestants of parties. As far as Rajasthan is concerned, even Vasundara Raje Scindia’s victory could be largely attributed to the then prevailing anti- incumbency mood in the state and the victory of BJP in the last election has surprised many, even in the BJP. People must have been critically assessed by the voters, to decide who deserves to be elected and where. For UP, despite the pathetic law and order situation under SP’s rule, if the party has shown such an impressive performance as this, it is solely due to failure of the BJP leadership to check the sadhus, swamis and yogis who by their outdated and blatantly polarizing manner of seeking votes contributed to its own letdown. Corrective strategies are urgently needed for BJP before Haryana and Maharashtra polls.

Inflation and corruption have not been controlled yet. The first hundred days of government was utter flop. BJP went communal, but they failed to realize that people want peace and progress, no violence. BJP suffered a jolt in Rajasthan by winning just one of the four seats and was losing ground in Uttar Pradesh where Samajwadi Party won 8 out of 11 seats, exactly four months after it swept the two states in Lok Sabha elections. In Gujarat, ruling BJP has retained only six of the nine seats while Congress bagged three. All the nine seats were earlier held by BJP and were vacated after their sitting MLAs were elected as MPs. The BJP, however, had a reason to smile in West Bengal where it made its debut in the state Assembly on its own by winning the Basirhat Dakshin seat. The bypolls for 33 seats spread over 10 states were held on September 13.The outcome of the bypolls is seen as yet another test of Narendra Modi government’s popularity since it assumed power in May. It is also important as BJP prepares for polls in Haryana and Maharashtra next month where it hopes to oust the Congress in the two states. The results are a big jolt for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP where the party scripted its biggest success story just four months ago.

Among the BJP’s big losses is the Rohaniya seat of its ally Apna Dal, which falls within PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi. The people of UP have rejected communal forces. In the national election, BJP won 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats, leaving just five for the Samajwadi Party and two for the Congress. The party credited its victory to its master strategist Amit Shah, who was rewarded with the post of BJP president in July. The loss of eight seats to the Samajwadi Party is a neon sign that the BJP’s strategy is faltering. The next assembly polls in UP is in 2017. The absence of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party has cost the BJP too, as votes against the party were not split. As the BJP lost most of the seats in bypolls in UP, the spotlight was on its four-time MP Yogi Adityanath, who was the party’s star campaigner for the bypolls. Adityanath’s controversial speeches on ‘Love Jihad’ – a term used by rightwing groups to describe what they believe is an Islamist strategy to seduce and convert Hindu women – have apparently backfired.

His provocative comments contrasted sharply with the BJP’s careful retreat from the strident pro-Hindu agenda that is associated with its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and allied groups. However, the party made no apparent move to rein in the firebrand saffron-robed leader. Critics accuse the party of leaning on the ‘Love Jihad’ campaign to polarise voters. It will make no dent in the BJP’s massive majority in Rajasthan, but the Congress’ win in three of four assembly seats in by-elections in the state is cause for pause for the ruling party.All four seats were held by BJP legislators who became MPs in May this year. The party has managed to retain just one – the Kota South seat. The Congress has won Surajgarh, Weir and Nasirabad. This is the first good news to come out of Rajasthan for the Congress in almost a year since it lost the state it ruled for a decade to the BJP led by Vasundhara Raje, now chief minister. The victory is a big fillip for the Congress’ new in-charge in the state, Sachin Pilot, who has been assiduously rebuilding party cadres in the state since his party’s debacle in the national elections. The BJP had won an unprecedented 162 seats to get an absolute majority in the state elections and followed it up with a 25-0 rout of the Congress in the general elections four months ago. Vasundhara Raje sealed her reputation a match winner. The loss of Surajgarh will be particularly painful for Ms. Raje; she had handpicked former health minister Digambar Singh to contest that seat. Vasundhara Raje is most arrogant Chief Minister of Rajasthan, she became Chief Minister because of Narendra Modi’s wave and popularity.

Public want results without ‘Bakwaas’. Public don’t want violence, instead of doing promised development, government is releasing all ‘rowdies’. Sorry to say but voters have made these fanatic organisations stronger by voting for Modi. Development, unity, progress, growth all have taken backseat. All these days, party cadres were just chanting Modi’s name and media was assigned to praise him 24/7. Indians are not fools, if they know how to make people then they also know how to break them. I hope BJP will learn the lesson from it for remaining states.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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