Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jai Ho!

Policemen on Saturday put barricades on a road passing through 24, Akbar Road in New Delhi, Indian capital, in order to manage crowd of political workers and media persons.

This address again becomes powerhouse of India after the announcement of election results. It is head office of country’s grand old Congress party, which has ruled South Asian giant over four decades in post-independent period.

Congress emerged as single largest party with 201 seats in 543-seated Lok Sabha or Lower House of Parliament. It is a best performance by an Indian political party in last two decades.

It got 56 more seats than 2004, in an indication of people’s clear mandate to party-led alliance, which beat anti-incumbency. Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got 260 plus seats, slightly away from magic figure of 272.

The alliance is likely to muster support of some small parties and independents to achieve half-way mark. Congress is likely to stake claim on Monday.

“We got this mandate due to leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi, work done by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and effective election campaign by Rahul Gandhi,” Janardhan Dwivedi, a senior Congress leader, said.

Congress’s splendid victory is significant in two ways. One is it indicates drift in India politics again towards national parties. In last two decades, India witnessed rise in regional parties, which used their small numbers for seeking larger share in power.

The other significance of verdict is rejection of divisive politics of right-wing Bhartiya Janta Party.

Opposition Bhartiya Janta Party (Indian People’s Party) or BJP, a Hindu nationalist party, got 121 seats, 16 less than it’s 2004 tally, and accepted defeat. Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 160 seats.

NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani, who ran a Presidential-type campaign, offered to quit as leader of opposition and likely to retire from active politics.

“The results are on expected lines. Congress is more acceptable to people than Bhartiya Janta Party, which has nothing to offer to people except riots,” says Raghuveer Chandel, a Congress worker from neighboring district of Faridabad.

Thirty two year old law graduate Pawan Kumar, who joined over a hundred party workers at Congress head office for celebrating victory, said: “Youth across the country posed faith on Rahul Gandhi. In last election Sonia Gandhi led party to victory and in this election all credit goes to Rahul Gandhi.”

Thirty eight year old Rahul Gandhi, a scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, is expected to take an important assignment in new government. Even, there is possibility of him becoming Prime Minister after two-three year of new government.

“Today is Diwali for me. I’ll lit lamps at home tonight and distribute sweets in my locality,” said Ganga Bai, an overjoyed member of party’s women wing.

In her forties, Ganga Bai is typical Indian women political worker. She lived in a Delhi’s slum with her husband and three children.

“I’m proud to be associated with a party led by a woman,” she hurriedly replied when asked about her strong dedication towards party.

When asked about their opinion on party’s splendid victory, a group of youth Congress worker from Uttar Pradesh state responded in one tone: Jai Ho!

Congress party had taken right of Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire’s song for election campaign. Verdict proved that Congress’s decision wasn’t wrong.

Salient Points of Verdict

01. Congress-led UPA gets 261 seats, while opposition BJP-led NDA gets 160 seats.
02. Congress’s tally of 201 seats is a best performance by an Indian political party in last two decades.
03. BJP’s 121 is worst performance since 1991, a year when saffron party witnessed a remarkable rise from it’s tally of only two seats in 1984.
04. Manmohan Singh, a globally respected economist who led Congress to victory, becomes only Indian Prime Minister since Jawahar Lal Nehru, first Prime Minister, in 1961 to be voted back after completing five year term.
05. Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, India’s biggest left party, gave it’s worst performance by winning just 16 seats. In 2004, CPM-led Left Front won astonishing 59 seats giving it’s best ever performance. Now, Left Front won only 24 seats.
06. In political important state of Uttar Pradesh, which send largest chunk of MPs in parliament, low-caste leader and one of aspirant for the post of Prime Minister Mayawati failed to perform on expected lines and got only 20 seats while Congress has put it’s best performance in state, winning 21 seats, after 1984.
07. Congress-led alliance put almost sweep in metro cities including Delhi and Mumbai
08. Some of the big losers of this election are former Union Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan, Mani Shankar Aiyer, AR Antulay and Renuka Choudhary.

From Research Store: 16 May, 2009

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