Your cover story “India yet to be Congress Mukt” (May 20) shows that the Congress is surely losing its power base across the country, and for good reason. In Assam, secular-minded people voted for the party, ignoring its alleged ‘communal’ tag. Mamata Banerjee seems to have fought muscle power with muscle power. The Congress’s failure to project a suitable chief ministerial candidate must have harmed its prospects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly termed the BJP’s victory in Assam as “historic” and “phenomenal”. BJP has shown that tough non-populist administrative measures can find acceptance with the people. The BJP which has been trying hard for the last few years to make inroads into India’s northeast has not only assured to end the existing corruption in Assam but also to bring change and development and provide employment to the youth. It clearly shows that the people of Assam have been frustrated with the functioning of the Congress government. There is no doubt that the new government in Assam will take concrete steps for overall development of the state. The results are a lesson for the Congress Party; it is on a steady decline in the country’s political arena. The picture shows that one of the significant outcomes of the Assembly results lies in the stupendous victory of the two women in an otherwise male-dominated polity. Now when the BJP has won the people’s mandate, it must set up a model administration in the state by doing away with the corrupt governance set up by its predecessors.
Vinod C. Dixit
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