‘Haath’ and ‘Haathi’ out…

Vaidehi Sachin

Samajwadi Party emerged as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh where the ruling BSP has been routed while the Congress got a shock in Punjab with the ruling SAD-BJP combine retaining the power again. SP do not need Congress now as they get a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh. We as a common man also do not want Congress. See the Congress today – they have to bring Priyanka’s children to the stage to get votes. People have started realising the difference now and this was clear cut message that they willingly came out of dynasty politics. The party that was started as a national party has fallen flat, because of the rampant corruption during Sonia’s leadership. Anna Hazare played a major role in convincing people to vote against Congress and Right to Reject. This change was really surprising, but the sad part is that people here made choice of one corrupt over another corrupt party.
The SP and BJP must thank Mr. Salman Khurshid; he brought down the vote pattern at the previous movement by supporting the reservation issue on communal basis. Congress should not forget that UPA II deliberately allowed inflation to generate high profit to business houses and merchants at cost of people’s pains. Few Congress spokespersons and leaders like Digvijay Singh and Salman Khurshid talk very arrogantly. The biggest corruption and scam in Indian History happened in the UPA regime. It adopted chronic capitalism policies for the interest of big business houses only.
Mulayam must fight for the development of all kinds of higher and technical, medical education in our languages. If he succeeded in Hindi, we could also develop the same in other regional languages. Whosoever wins in the UP election, it is a huge loss for BJP which was expected to do well given the fact that Congress and BSP were in tatter. However, internal issues seem to have dented their performance.
Bahujan Samaj Party’s elephant has given way to Samajwadi party’s cycle in Uttar Pradesh. The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party is a distant second while the BJP stand at the third position. Congress as usual has finished on fourth. Riding on the ‘Cycle’, the Mulayam Singh-led party has owned 224 out of the total 403 seats. Mayawati, despite registering impressive performance in spearheading economic growth in UP, is on her way out. The BSP owned 80 seats. Mayawati reached the Raj Bhavan at 3.30 pm and put her paper down to Governor. She accepted her defeat. The Congress, for which the elections have been a high-profile affair after Rahul Gandhi himself steered the poll campaign, has owned 27 seats – a marked improvement from the 22 seats it has in the outgoing Assembly. The BJP has also done well in the state with 48 seats. Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine has created an unusual record by regaining control of the state. The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are locked in a neck-and-neck fight in the hilly state of Uttarakhand. The BJP has owned 31 seats and opposition Congress is also owned 32 seats. BSP has emerged as third leading party with three seats and others were ahead on four seats. In a setback for the Congress party in Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 21seats.
Congress returns to power in Manipur, for a third consecutive time. The incumbent party has bagged 42 seats out 60.
Goa, in which the Congress has its government headed by Digambar Kamat, is a state where post poll formulations matter as much as the poll itself. BJP hold the key in the state. More than corruption and illegal mining, the main issue bothering the electorate seemed to be price rise. It is fair to say that the state Assembly elections 2012 are being seen as a mini general election and a referendum on the UPA government.
As far as Goa is concerned, there are many big unanswered questions. The main contest was between the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party combine. The Trinamool Congress, a new entrant, fielded 20 candidates. Other parties like Samajwadi Party, Samajwadi Janata Party, Republican Party of India and Janata Dal-Secular are contesting along with the Goa Vikas Party and the United Goan Democratic party (UGDP). Besides, the civil society came together under the banner of the Zagrut Goenkarancho Ekvott (ZGE) and fielded 10 candidates.
Interestingly, the poll results have comes just ahead of the Budget session of Parliament, and how the parties fare will determine whose voice will be heard more. This is terrible. However, people have given clear message to go on bike than rath and say bye bye to ‘Haath’ and Haathi.
When Viswanathan Anand lost the finals of World championship chess in 95-98 periods, a leading Indian magazine caustically mentioned, “Losers don’t deserve headlines”.  But look at these press folks relentlessly pursuing and publicising losers to the headlines. Losing Amethi & Rae Bareli is a big slap on the face of Congress, and any amount of projecting them as a fighter losing “heads held high” is a sheer misleading. In a way the opposition should thank the press for making Rahul and family believe by these headlines and “entertaining” exit polls. At least now, speak the truth…that if at all anyone votes for the Congress, it is because of the hatred towards the BJP and not because of any trust or liking for the Congress. It has been proved beyond doubt that the Congress Party cannot win back UP in near future. The electorates are so much addicted to BSP, BJP and SP, there is no question of winning back the confidence of the people. If there is a chance at a latter stage, then Congress will be forced support of SP or BSP in UP.



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