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Lessons for Uttarakhand From Gujarat, Himachal

The bitterly fought state assembly elections are over with BJP firmly in the saddle, both at Himachal and also Gujarat. The brute majority margins of victory that one witnessedsome time ago have declined; the number of seats in Gujarat has gone down, from 115 to the current 99, a cause of worry.

In Himachal too one expected with near similar conditions and charges of corruption, a result with brute majority like Uttarakhand.  Today Uttarakhand has 57 out of 70 that is81% BJP legislators; Congress was nearly reduced to single figures but managed 11. The BJP in Himachal has won 44 seats out of 68 which is 64%, thus this too is a worrisome factor. There are other issues like vote share etc that needs analysis but the major take away is that the Congress is on the revival rather than a “Congress Mukth Bharat”.

The next take away is in a democracy a healthy opposition is mandatory and the Indian democracy gets more vibrant with this result. How will this play out for more state elections which are due in Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya and of course Karnataka,is the big question.

Ashish Sood

AAP’s Soul in Congress’s New Avtar

It was not a simple election. Around two months that I spent working on the ground in Gujarat, I always felt the that the soul of AamAadmi Party (AAP) has come to lodge itself in the body of Congress. The entire campaign of Congress in Gujarat was deluged with lies, divisive politics and undeliverable promises made by the Congress and her three crutches of caste cowboys – HAJ (Hardik Patel, AlpeshThakore and JigneshMewani).

 Our suspicion of AAP’s soul in Congress’ body first came from lies and baseless allegations made by HAJ. This was confirmed by two incidents – firstly, the shocking satisfaction expressed by HAJ on unconstitutional and unachievable promises of Congress on quota and secondly, AAP’s absence in the election campaign? Until a few months before AAP was challenging Prime Minister NarendraModi for election in his home state but as the elections came close they surrendered.

For records AAP contested on 29 seats but I could not see even a single popular leader of AAP visiting Gujarat during elections. Even AAP’s Gujarat ConvenorGopalRai was not seen there. Nobody knows where all of them disappeared suddenly? Was this done on the directions of Congress? AAP is considered a media friendly party but hardly any AAP candidate got media coverage in this elections. Who was managing all this?

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After UP local polls, Gujarat too shows that BJP losing on rural votes

There is no way that the BJP could have afforded to lose the assembly polls in Gujarat. Nobody understood this better than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Despite the party ruling the roost in the state for the past three decades, the opposition Congress has maintained a fair share of votes all the while. Therefore when he bequeathed the office of the chief minister for job at South Block in the national Capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed his most trusted lieutenant as head of the party.
Given his training as Pracharak (fulltime volunteer) with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and exposure as organizing secretary of the party at the different levels, Modi understood well that his “transformational agenda” would invite sharp reactions and also a level of disenchantment among the voters, and would cause a mid-term crisis for his government.
This midterm crisis would have got further accentuated if its effects not arrested in Gujarat and the Congress not stopped in its tracks. Thus the unprecedented mobilization of party machinery and resources by Amit Shah; best reflected in Yogi Adityanath, the chief of minister of nation’s most populous state spending near fortnight campaigning in the western state.

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By Blaming Poll Panel, Congress Hurting Democracy

The elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are over, but not without leaving a trail of charges of manipulation of the poll process. The Congress party has been vociferously complaining about the wrongs committed by the EVMs against it.
This has come more in the wake of publication of the Exit polls predicting a complete rout of the party in Himachal and also a poor performance in Gujarat where it pooled all its resources, financial and human to win the electoral battle. Strangely, the party has not raised similar voice in the case of Himachal where it is being shown as a complete failure as an electoral machine.
 The Election Commission agreeing to its earlier demand that VVPAT based EVMs should be used does not cut much ice with it now. It went to the extent of knocking the doors of the Supreme Court with a demand that VVPAT votes should be matched with EVM votes to which the judiciary refused. At the same time, it mobilized a demonstration at the premises of the election commission leveling charges of bias and partiality against the Congress to make BJP win the elections in Gujarat. It used foul language against a constitutional authority to discred the institution in the eyes of the public. It said that chief election commissioner was acting like the PS to Narendra Modi or it was a captive puppet of the BJP.

Sidharth Mishra

Reasons Keeping Gujarat Model Out of Poll Campaign

We are in the midst of a very crucial battle of ballot being fought in the political significant western state of Gujarat. The protagonist of the battle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot afford to lose here for that would impair his image of remaining unbeatable in his home turf. The first round of polling is over. Another round remains.

Gujarat Model
The Prime Minister has won three legislative assembly polls here as Chief Minister and the one before that as party’s chief strategist. During the 23 years that he ruled Gujarat as the chief minister, he assiduously built his image of a development-oriented administrator. This was necessary for his larger political ambitions at the national stage, to counter his doppelgänger as a votary of Hindutva.

Ever since the party faced defeat in the national polls in 2009 under veteran Lal Krishna Advani, Modi quietly started to build on his ambitions. And this could not have been done merely on the basis of his strong Hinduvta image.