Is BJP really The Party With A Difference?
~ Upananda Brahmachari.
Bangalore | 8 May 2013:: Bhartiya Janata Party on Wednesday suffered a humiliating defeat in the Karnataka assembly elections while the Congress wresting power after a gap of seven years. No Modi Magic works to mitigate the doggy quarrel or to remove the stains of corruption as it was loomed over its unit in Karnataka of a Party with Difference, now facing disgusting factional politics undermining its ideology or anything.
Big hit by the exit of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and the image of corruption and nepotism during its tenure in the first government in the south, the party has won only 40 out of 224-member Assembly in Krnataka this time. BJP had won 110 seats against Congress’ 80 and JD(S) 28 in the last assembly election. The final tally for 224 constituencies in Karnataka assembly in this election stands as Congress – wins 121, BJP – wins 40, Janata Dal (Secular) – wins 40, Samajwadi Party – wins 1 and Others – win 21. Poll in respect of AC No 210-Periyapatna was adjourned due to death of a BJP candidate, Shri Sannamoge Gowda.
Though Congress led by an Italian, spearhead of all corruption, half-educated lady, have wrested power, but it doesn’t have much to cheer on the vote-share front. Its share of votes has increased by less than 2% as compared to 2008, when it had 34.59% and too is being described as a glorious return of drowning Congress by its sycophants.
If all assembly segments in Karnataka vote exactly the same way in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress may not win the 15-18 seats it hopes to, as the analysists suggest accordingly. It had won just 7 (seven) in 2009.
However, it shows that an anti-incumbency wave does not necessarily mean huge gains for the principal opposition party or BJP would like to believe that it got decimated in Karnataka only because of the split in the party and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) playing spoiler. But that is also a half-truth as proved. A detailed analysis of vote shares shows that the BJP’s share declined by a massive 13.9% from 2008 to settle at 20%. The KJP, on the other hand, captured only 9.8% of the votes cast for their anti BJP franchise in this election.
Had its no other option, the perplexed electorate of Karnataka erred to drive away the mischievousness thieves in order to invite a band of dangerous robbers to handle public exchequers and to provide them safety, security and prosperity. But, the changers of the Indian political system, the waivers of corruptions and the saviours of Bharat like Dr. Subramnian Swamy, Baba Ramdev, Team Anna etc. will only show their charisma in Parliamentary (Lok Shabha) Election in 2014. Karnataka elections and other state issues may not be in their faaaaar sighted agenda. Some of these social and political humbugs even think the change from the top, not from the grass root.
This thorny gift of defeat from Karnataka will not give any lesson to Sri Rajnath Singh, the present president of BJP. This slow down graph of possession in the states of Bharat is perhaps not any reasons to be worried about by Sri Advani or the toppers in BJP. Unless BJP puts a change in its dubious constitution by rejecting its commitment to ’Gandhian approach to socio-economic issues’ and embrace a pure Hindutva line alongside its declared basic philosophy of ’Integral Humanism’, BJP will not survive anyway. When curse of Gandhi ruined this country, how it could be beneficial for the prosperity of BJP?
Dharma, the basic principal of Bhartitya Jeevan (Indian life) cannot be separated from any parts of its spiritual-social-economic-political goal and it is quite contradictory to Secularism. Secularism is a threat to values of Indian life (Bhartiya Jeevan Mulya) and BJP adopted more dangerous ‘Positive Secularism’ than secularism.
Lured with an easy political gain, BJP is no more a ‘The Party With A Difference’. This is the first lesson for BJP after Karnataka defeat.
bit to cheer for the Congress.
~ Hindustan Times Editorial.
New Delhi | 8 May 2013:: In what is perhaps the only silver lining in a perilously dark cloud, the Congress has left the BJP in its dust in the Karnataka assembly elections. What must be galling for the BJP is that though it had hoped to come in second, it is now third with the Janata Dal (Secular) notching up more votes than it. Caste, always a major factor in Karnataka politics, seems to have worked in favour of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s party, which won handsomely in the Vokkaliga strongholds in the southern part of the state. The BJP was more or less doomed from the word go. The party had undergone a messy split with its strongman and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa walking out to form his own party. Mr Yeddyurappa’s visceral hatred of his former party seems to have sent him into overdrive to ensure the BJP’s defeat.
The BJP has no one but itself to blame for the loss of its only southern state. The party leadership dithered for far too long on taking action against its local leaders when they were clearly seen to be corrupt. They were dismissive of Mr Yeddyurappa and his protests at the way he was being treated. It was far too late when the new BJP president Rajnath Singh tried to soothe ruffled feathers. The BJP also relied, it would now seem erroneously, in the star power of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to inject a bit of life into the listless party. But despite Mr Modi’s best efforts, the party rank and file just did not work with any enthusiasm to ensure the victory of its candidates.
What seems to be upsetting many is that the voters really had little choice. They had to choose between bad and worse in the case of the Congress and the BJP. Corruption certainly was an issue and the BJP’s hopes that caste politics would overcome that did not materialise. With this defeat the BJP will have to start from scratch in the south. Karnataka was the gateway through which it had hoped to lay siege to south India. Now that gate is firmly shut for the moment. The Congress, while rejoicing, should not forget that it may have been chosen as a better option but it will have to deliver on governance in order to retain and attract investment and fulfil the aspirations of a young population. The state, which is supposed to be hub of the IT industry, has seen investors move out in recent times thanks to appalling infrastructure and rampant corruption. The Congress has its work cut out for it on these and other counts. Hit by scam after scam at the Centre the Congress will have to work overtime to ensure that the taint does not rub off on it in the state even before it gets off the starting block.
Corrupt BJP or BJP, a party without any difference will help the perpetual corruption of Congress in India and will help the Fake Gandhi Family Dynasty to rule Delhi for ever. This is the second lesson for BJP.
Confidence from public is not a matter of gimmick or controversy.
~ Dr Babu Suseelan.
Pennsylvania | 8 May 2013:: Everyday the people of India pray for a miracle to happen that will save their beloved country from looters and robbers. They are helpless and can only pray and vote in hope for a better tomorrow. They elect one corrupt person over the other in the hope that things will get better in future. Unfortunately this rarely happens and sooner they find a more corrupt person with a higher degree misusing and abusing power for his cheap personal gains.
People can no longer tolerate the shameless loot of the country. The resources that belong to all the poor people of this county is being pocketed by a very few who manage to get hold of positions of power. Thereafter they loot, cheat and lie shamelessly and take the ordinary citizens on a ride of falsehood, deceit and forgery. All that the poor people can do is to react by casting their votes.
Votes are the voice of the “aam admi” and they have spoken very decisively in Karnataka. The support for the shamelessly corrupt and greedy “Bellary brothers” and the nepotism of Yedurappa destroyed the foundation of BJP in Karnataka. This election marks the great fall of once great and undisputed leader who took BJP to great heights in south India.
Yedurappa, is a classic example of how power can an ordinary mortal arrogant, greedy, blind and corrupt. The delay in correcting Yedurappa by the indecisive and opportunistic party bosses who failed to get rid of Reddy brothers who founded the Kingdom of Bellary has destroyed the BJP and may also cost it at the National level.
This may not be seen as a victory for Congress and this is only an anti corruption verdict. The same thing will happen to Congress in the Centre if it does not recover the looted money and put the corrupt behind the bars. The supreme court observations is very serious and I wonder how and why some ministers and bureaucrats hang on to power so shamelessly. I also wonder how they face the public after looting and cheating the country and its people.
People will certainly remember Coalgate, Railgate, Olympicsgate, 2Ggate, Hawalagate and many other gates that remain hidden.
In any other country all these looters would have been in jail for at least 25 years and in China they would have been shot dead long ago.
The poor people of India are forced to silently look at the shameless corruption that drains the resources of this country and makes the quality of their life miserable. They can speak only during elections and they try their best to get rid of the looters and robbers irrespective of any party while casting their votes. The patience of the people of this county is indeed the greatest and the most admirable as they prefer a apprentice thief to a master thief to govern them.
May God save and bless India. Indians hope that all the parties learn their lessons well and promote kind people with wisdom, knowledge, integrity, honesty and passion for social service in positions of leadership.
Leadership is all about connecting to people and understanding their simple aspirations . It is also about taking our minds and spirits forward with love, passion, energy and speed.
Education is the progressive discovery of one’s ignorance.
Why should we exploit public faith? Confidence from public is not a matter of gimmick or controversy. This is the third lesson for BJP, if the party likes any introspective realization.