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Indians gripped by election fever

All of us are gripped by the election fever. Several parties like BJP, Congress, SP, NCP, Shiv Sena, MNS, RLD, RJD and many others are in fray for contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Mr Vaiko had said that we should be rechristened as the United States of India. Some one rightly said that if BJP wins about 220 seats, it will become secular and many parties will have no qualms in aligning with it. Jaswant Singh is weeping, he feels that the BJP has betrayed him by denying him a ticket. He will be contesting the election as an independent candidate from Barmer. What will he do by winning the polls? Will he escort another group of terrorists?

Amar Singh is rightly venting his anger at Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. It is true that Amar Singh had helped Amitabh while he was undergoing financial crisis. Whatever you may call him, he is certainly a colourful personality. Though, his wit has dimmed a bit due to health reasons and he is not quoting as many film songs as he used to do earlier. Amitabh ditched politics by needlessly contesting from Allahabad and dislodging HN Bahuguna who was a good Chief Minister and UP would have made good progress under him. It is difficult to fathom why BJP issued ticket to Hema Malini. She will not be of much use in the Lok Sabha except for providing some glamour quotient. The case of Satpal Maharaj is really disturbing.

Arvind Kejriwal will pose a challenge for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by contesting election against him from Varanasi. It is hoped that vigilant public of this religious city (both Hindus and Muslims) will not pay much attention to him because the nation needs stability and development. The induction of MJ Akbar is good for BJP and they must swiftly dispatch him to Varanasi so that Kejriwal may not be able to misguide the Muslim voters there.

The talk of Arun Shourie and Arun Jaitley for finance ministry is encouraging. If these leaders shed their ego problems, they can jointly manage this ministry for the national cause. One can become a union cabinet minister and the other as Minister of State. We must start listening about mobilizing as many industrialists as possible. Since production has to be increased and technology has to be strengthened, merely rhetoric will not deliver the goods. “Dal badlu bhaiyon, shahidon ki kurbani bhi yaad rakho”.

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