Chitralekha Gujarati issue dated 23rd December 2013
State Elections: Time to Take Stock
Since the results of the recently concluded elections are out, it is now time to take a pause and re-look at the new political scenario in the country especially in these five states, which witnessed the keenly-fought elections. Given the trend in three states, it was abundantly clear that the Modi magic contributed substantially to the swinging of votes in the BJP’s favour. But in New Delhi, somewhat inexplicably, the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party made a spectacular debut halting the saffron party in its tracks. The ‘broom’ of the AAP restrained the lotus of the BJP from fully blossoming. As a result of the AAP playing a ‘spoilsport’ of sorts, the BJP’s winning streak was rudely interrupted in New Delhi. In this election special cover story, Nagindas Sanghvi a vetran Political Analyst takes a stock of the elections results and analyses the new equations that have surfaced in the aftermath. As was indicated in almost all exit polls, the Congress rout was a fait accompli in these elections, but what was not bargained for was the near-total decimation of the party in the four states. That the BJP would sweep the polls was a foregone conclusion, but such humiliating ouster of the Congress baffled even the political pundits.
In Chhatisgarh the results however were less than the BJP’s expectations. Ramansingh had initiated some commendable welfare projects but they did not seem to have helped him at the hustings. Whereas Ajit Jogi who was sidelined thanks to the internal faction in the congress party appears to have impacted the result much to the party’s advantage. By and large, the results are on par with the last elections. But it is evident that the recent massacre of the 28 Congress leaders triggered a sympathy wave in favour of the congress. In the end however, Ramansingh has had a last laugh with a clear majority to form the government.
The naxal aided terrorism is proving to be a deadly issue in Chhatisgarh and the fact that Ramansingh has failed to tackle this menace has not gone down well with the people. Admittedly the chief minister has done well in fields of education and health but no schemes are of any real value if not accompanied by proper security environment. The armed insurgency is a real threat to the country and the prime minister too has conceded it as much, but its immediate solution may not easily be found.
In Madhya Pradesh, the anti-incumbency factor does not seem to have any effect. Rather, the ruling party has added to its kitty 22 more seats. Once known as the Congress fort, the state has slipped away from the party, as it has overwhelmingly endorsed the BJP and for this debacle, Congress itself has much to answer for.
That Digvijay Singh is an extremely unpopular congress leader goes without saying. So the party high command put the reigns of elections in Madhavrao Scindia’s hands. But somehow Sindhia failed to demonstrate any magic wand and the the growing dissent and factionalism within the party led to the humiliating defeat, though it has not been ascertained how much damage Diggy and his acolytes have wrecked on their own party. On the other hand, Shivraj Chauhan played his cards well and his decision to punish officials responsible for delaying redressal of general public has been welcomed by his voters.
The incumbent Ashok Gahlot has himself invited defeat. Notorious for non-governance and corruption, his party blew up crores in all corruption and scams. Voters did accept the freebies distributed by his party but chose to vote for the BJP instead. In Rajasthan, anti-incumbency factor has always worked allowing both the major parties to rule alternately. But this time the Congress has suffered ignominiously in this state.
The cover story then dissects the AAP storm that hit the capital and virtually swept away the Congress and halted the BJP’s chariot of victory. Being an ace political commentator, the author has very incisively analyzed the new political equations thrown up by these elections.
An unmissable story, it will help you brace up for the General Electoins-2014.
Narendra Modi Vs Arvind Kejriwal
A few months ago, we would have laughed the pairing off it as most unlikely contestants to pit against each other. But the equations thrown up by the recently Delhi elections have indicated that in the forthcoming general elections to be held in 2014, the battle lines will be drawn not between RaGa and NaMo but between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.
Those who attribute the election results to the Modi effect do assert that the Modi wave swept the BJP to power, whereas Modi’s detractors point at the absence of Modi wave in Delhi, where Kejriwal’s broom literally swept all of them. This has led to a new debate among the chatterati that it will be Kejriwal Vs Modi in the Battle Royale lined up ahead.
Interestingly, Modi loyalists argue that the overwhelming response given to Kejriwal this time around proves that Modi will be the winner during the next elections. Though it sounds ambiguous, Ketan Trivedi compares the distinctive traits of these two high profile leaders, who according to the author, converge on many points than we imagine.
He Stole Their Childhood
While the country has been witnessing the rising incidence of rape cases in the country, what has recently come to light sends shivers down the spines of even the strongest ones. The head of a Porbandar-based Balashram belonging to the Lohana community has recently been booked for having indulged for years in unnatural sexual acts with children of the Ashram. More than anything else, the fact that the brazen head who was in charge of the hostel could continue his shameless acts for years with impunity is something that shows the callousness of the administration, reports Jwalant Chhaya.
Like Father Like Son
Finally the absconding Narain Sai, the controversial son of the already jailed Asaram, charged with committing rape and molestation, has been nabbed by Delhi police and brought to Surat. The report filed by Faysal Bakili reveals that the son of the god man was in cognito when he was arrested. Though he does not show any spiritual inclination nor does he claim to have any such powers, his sexual propensities and personal fads have taken the police by surprise.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the son’s, like his father’s, woes are not going to be over soon. Rather there will be a substantial addition to them, as his wife too is mulling slapping legal cases against him. Also, his wife has brought to light details about her husband’s illicit relations with other women.
It is a comforting thought that both father and son will hopefully be cooling their heels in jails for quite some time.
Apart from the above, the issue carries a story (by Jwalant Chhaya) on new cure being experimented upon based on ancient Ayurveda. There are also regular Political & Humour columns, Palak, Cardiogram, Health Helpline, novel fresh chapter, Priyadarshini, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas.
The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it remains silent. It never laughs at me, like others..!!