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Of Disappointments and Celebrations

May 17, 2009

Back after a two-day break! And it feels weird, trust me. Nice in a way, but lousy in others. But anyway, here I am once again.

The results of the 2009 Parliamentary Elections were announced today. Though I was not entirely surprised by the outcome, I must admit that the margin by which the NDA was defeated did raise many an eyebrow. It was over a month or two ago that I first said to people at home that the NDA might not be able to come to power this time. I was very skeptical initially. However, after doing some amount of reading and following the situation more keenly, I decided to support BJP and its allies. And seeing the confidence that the BJP had, I thought that it might actually be able to pull it off, if luck were on its side. I was mistaken. Or maybe, luck was not on its side.

The NDA lost by a huge margin. Its performance was much worse than what was expected by most. It is a different matter that questions are raised about the manner in which the DMK and the Congress won in Tamil Nadu(and maybe other parts of the country as well). There is enough talk(backed with references from the past, and proof from the repsent) that the DMK used its booth capturing abilities to the fullest. I was sure that the DMK would lose pretty badly this time. Everyone thought so. Everyone is upset with the DMK rule. There was a lot of talk that PMK would win almost all seats that it was contesting in. It won none. The ADMK was almost certain of coming out as the front runners, and with PMK’s support, it was seen as the king maker(the party deciding who the next PM would be). DMK, with its ally, the Congress, won over half the seats in TN. Jayalalithaa has lodged a complaint this evening which makes me sit back and wonder if the whole election had been fair at all. P. Chidambaram was trailing all day long, as the counting was in progress. However, when the results were declared, it showed that Chidambaram won by a comfortable margin. Similarly, the PMK leaders are now protesting against the alleged malpractices employed by the DMK-Congress front in TN. They have been complaining about it from the day of the elections, in fact. With the Chief Election Commissioner being a Congressman to the core, it will be no surprise if no evidence is found against any of the accused parties.

Anyway, the fact remains that the Congress-lead Union Progressive Alliance managed to stay in power, and won with a significant lead. Kudos to them. The BJP needs to learn quite a few things from these elections. I am glad that it already came out and made a public statement this evening saying that projecting Modi as the Prime Ministerial material for the elections in 2014 was a mistake. I have nothing against Modi; a great man, he is. He has done what no one else could or would have, for Gujarat. However, the rest of India is not in a position to accept him in that light. Though I believe that he is clean and is not half as bad as what the Media makes him seem like, many parts of India are yet to see him that way. They never might. So yes, the BJP was definitely not being smart by talking about Modi the way they did. Talking about Modi as the PM when most of the country is looking at him like how the world looks at Hitler is not a smart move. They could have restricted themselves to saying that Gujarat benefited a LOT, in almost every way, under his rule. No one can deny that. They can say that the BJP will bring that kind of development tot he rest of the nation as well, if elected to power. Why can’t things be left at that?

The BJP needs to stop talking about building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Everyone knows that that is the last thing that can be built there. Yes, many might want a Temple there, but let us be realistic. You sure can’t prove that you are not communal when the main priority in your agenda is the building of a Temple in place of a Mosque that was demolised many years ago. The Media is being a bit too harsh on the BJP, and how does the BJP react to it? It adds fuel to fire!

The BJP needs to start working on states by concentrating on regional issues as well. Just talking about how bad the UPA rule as heen for several years is not enough to win you the elections. It might be, if the situation were any different. But the truth is that India is not going through such times at the moment, that people want a revolution. So no, now is not the time to win by just talking about a few issues of national interest. Regional issues need to be addressed as well.

If observed closely, these election results reflect the sentiments in the individual states. Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat etc. are all states in which the ruling party in the state government has done pretty well, and the people are pretty happy with the government. Orissa voted unanimously for Navin Patnaik, Andhra for Y. S. R. and Gujarat for Modi. Though the Congress had tough competition in AP, it still did come out on top. That reflects on how much the regional issues matter. Please the people in EACH state by giving them exactly what they want, and you will be voted to power. Sadly, that did not work in states like TN, but it is in TN that there are several doubts raised about the fairness of the elections. So I guess that is a different case all together.

So the end result is that the Congress-lead UPA government has a clear majority. PM Manmohan Singh should continue his run in the Prime Minister’s office for a few more years. Better Dr. Manmohan Singh than Rahul Gandhi, if you ask me. Dr MMS is respected by many. I do too. And I would prefer him over Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi any day. And if the BJP does learn its lessons the way it should, it might, just might, have a chance of coming to power after five years. With Shri. L. K. Advani retiring soon, the internal politics in the BJP is bound to turn ugly soon. Only time will tell.

The only good thing that happened today, though MUCH less significant, is that Chennai Super Kings reserved a berth in the semi-finals of the second season of the IPL. I am not a big fan of cricket, but I don’t mind twenty20 because it is very similar to football, and is actually a lot of fun. Most matches have the chance of swinging either way almost till the very last ball is bowled. I am also not the biggest fan of the Chennai Super Kings. But being from Chennai, I guess I should remain loyal to the team from my city. So what if there are not more than a couple of Chennaiites actually playing each match? It is still NAMED “Chennai Super Kings,” right? πŸ˜› So yeah, the team from Chennai now has a confirmed spot in the semi-finals, with two matches to spare. Second in the overall standings at the moment. Something that I did not expect at the beginning of this season, considering the poor opening by the team. So at least all is not screwed just yet. πŸ˜›

The election results screwed my day, and my sleep too, considering the fact that I woke up after just 4 hours of sleep to follow the declaration of results from the start. A lot of controversies are bound to come up over the next couple of days, and I will surely enjoy every bit of it. A lot of political drama coming up, folks! And some T20 cricket from South Africa as well. So those of you who are interested in either of the two or both, you have a lot to look forward to. Hope you have an awesome time! And yes, please do post your comments here.

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PS: The Deccan Chargers just won an amazing match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The very last ball decided the fate of the game. KKR has been rather unfortunate, but it is tough not to laugh at their misfortune. Any KKR supporters out there? If you are one, sorry, but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! πŸ˜›

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin Jacobs Leis permalink
    May 17, 2009 12:29 AM

    maybe this is a case of people choosing the devil they do know as opposed to the devil they don’t know?

    • Adi permalink*
      May 17, 2009 12:35 AM

      That is not really true, Kristin. The problem is, people think they know all about the BJP. But the problem is, most of what people know about BJP is what the Media wants people to believe. And sadly, almost all sections of the Media are totally against the BJP. Money power is not the language BJP plays. But then again, BJP has its flaws too. Hope it learns from these results and works towards a better tomorrow for the party.

  2. May 17, 2009 11:01 AM

    No.
    Chee-damn-bram* won by a huge margin? He won by 3000 votes interspersed by three re-counts and several incidents of unrest around the counting center. It was ‘aNNan’ Azhagiri who won by a huge margin. With a constituency which has 7 lakh voters, he won by a margin of almost 2 lakhs. As with PMK, i guess the choice of constituencies were wrong. Otherwise, the last-minute-doctrine did the trick which I mentioned earlier, as Indians can’t forget Nehru-Indira-Rajiv-Sonia-Rahul. Look at his margin!

    *Chee-damn-bram : Reference to a dialogue from Dasavatharam’s Christian Fletcher.

    • Adi permalink*
      May 17, 2009 2:00 PM

      Considering the fact that he was trailing all day long, winning at the time of result declaration by 3000 votes does seem like a big thing to me. Which is why Jayalalithaa lodged a complaint right away.

      Not sure if you knew, but the constituency in which Azhagiri won seems to have more number of votes cast than the number of people in the constituency itself. How can that be possible if the polling was fair?

      As for PMK, no matter what you say, I am sure that they did not do SO badly as to get wiped out entirely.

  3. May 17, 2009 12:35 PM

    First off, its Navin Patnaik and not Nitish. Nitish Kumar proved he’s just as fickle as the rest by saying he’ll support the winning party if Bihar is given special status.
    Deve Gowda’s party won a mammoth 3 seats in the elections, and 2 of them are to be inducted into the union cabinet. Just shows the congress wants to strengthen it’s alliance in Karnataka. Not happening though, DG won only cos of emotional drama now, and his son HDK is the biggest loser in the west coast.

    I was hoping for an NDA win too, but it was very clear that wouldn’t happen. Even Punjab, an Akali Dal stronghold, where many were pissed with Jagdish Tytler being fielded in Delhi, voted Congress. And I don’t understand what the people of Gujarat expect from a government. Modi won just 15 out of 26.

    Lastly, the UPA this time round isn’t half as bad as the last time. What with annatha Laloo biting dirt, scratch that-dung. Paswan drawing a blank, and Congress rejecting Mulayam’s plea to join the alliance. The fourth front, as I predicted, didn’t turn out as Raja but Kooja πŸ˜›

    Communists got it up their ass after 32 years, but the chenge in Bengal is Mamta, so I don’t think that’s reason to rejoice either. Well the UPA doesn’t have CPI anymore so that’s good too πŸ™‚ So overall, we have a coalition govt but the Congress doesn’t need to be the bitch to several other parties. And frankly the nuclear deal was something they got right, even if the BJP did oppose it, and it was MMS’s sole achievement in 5 years.

    Comedy: Alagiri might be given defense ministry I hear. Imagine that clown in an army uniform =))

    Dayanidhi should be given IT this time too. I sure hope they give it. And the best candidate by a mile in the Congress this time is Shashi Tharoor, who is probably going to get the foreign or external affairs ministry. He is an awesome guy but I don’t like his party.
    Chidambaram Chetty won by 3000 votes after 2 recounts, which is hardly a huge victory . Mani Shankar Aiyar lost in Mayiladuthurai after a million years. That shiny face thongina vayan deserves to be chased around town with his Veshti stuffed inside his ass. Since that’s not possible, at least he lost πŸ™‚

    • Adi permalink*
      May 17, 2009 2:24 PM

      Error noted and edited. Thanks. πŸ™‚

      The congress sure is doing a lot to try and have a significant presence in each and every state. Especially the South. Apart from Karnataka, the Congress seems to have done really well along with its allies in the South. What it is doing in Karnataka is testimony to the fact that it wants to come to power there as well, at least by 2014.

      As for the West and the North-West, well, Modi at least managed to prove the Congress wrong. The BJP was leading in a couple of other seats as well, but seems to have lost by the time the results were declared. 15 is not a bad number for a guy who has been at the receiving end of the Media and most of the country for years now. Punjab is being plain weird. I have nothing to say about it. It is as though they don’t remember the deaths of their own kin, and are now supportive of the ones responsible for the deaths. Weird!

      Lalu, Paswan and Mulayam are fine this way. Keep them out of key ministries and the country will do better. But Lalu did the railway ministry a lot of good. There is not denying that. I feel that he can be given some other such ministry that he is not interested in. He might do that ministry a lot of good as well, with the hope that he would be given the Home Ministry AT LEAST next time. πŸ˜›

      The Third and Fourth Fronts turned out to be jokes. Well, no one expected the Third Front to do this badly. Surprising, but in a pleasant way. Glad that the Commies are out of the game this time.

      Shashi Tharoor seems to be the ideal choice for the Foreign or the External Affairs Ministry, like you rightly said. Same goes with Dayanidhi as well. Let us see how things go. I am more keen on the Ministry which Rahul Gandhi is given, though. Wonder if they will give him something as big as Home. Will be weird if they do that. He doesn’t have the experience to handle any such thing. But it will be worth the wait, I guess. And like I said, a lot of drama in store for us. Got the popcorn ready? πŸ˜›

      • May 17, 2009 2:46 PM

        All said about Rahul riding on his family name, you can’t deny that he has unshakeable support within the party. He didn’t play an active role in country running so far, but Rahul and SoNAI are real adept at party politics and campaigning. I’d prefer it if the 2 of them stayed out of ministries cos this way we have a PM who doesn’t indulge in petty politics and focuses on running the country. That can’t be said once Rahul gets a ministry cos soon enough he will enter the race for PM. And he definitely won’t be given home. PC will stick there.

  4. May 17, 2009 2:50 PM

    And about Modi, while the rest of the country might say what it wants about him, the whole of Gujarat get really touchy if they read anything against him. No newspaper dares write against him there cos their readership plummets if they do. So no, I don’t agree when you say 15 is not too bad for him. Gujjus and Baajis both voted without using their brains this time.

    • Adi permalink*
      May 18, 2009 1:52 AM

      Well, there is a lot of anti-Modi campaigning going on. 15 is surely less than expected, but not impossible. Not like the situation in TN at least. As for Punjab, it is plain stupid. If even THEY don’t see things the way they are, there is nothing that can be done. I have nothing more to say about that.

    • Adi permalink*
      May 18, 2009 2:00 AM

      And yes, Rahul and Sonia sure are not fit to run the country. But like you said, they do know how to run their party and play the the game of politics. But it is almost certain that Rahul is getting some Ministry or the other. MMS said that himself last evening.

  5. murugan permalink
    May 17, 2009 10:37 PM

    Its time BJP learns its lesson. The south barring Karnataka does not even know spelling of BJP. Vajpae was a decent man who provided a mask to hide the real character of BJP. The real nature of BJP now gets exposed and they cannot fool people any longer. Unless they jettison their communalistic ideas they will have to be traced with the biggest Magnifying glass.

    regarding Tamil Nadu, the image of Jaya was bloated by media just to satisfy her ego and to spit venom against the leader of millions of tamils, Dr.Karunanidhi. The wishful thinking of the interested media got converted into projections and misled the people till they got exposed. It will take another 100 years for some section of the people to understand the real feelings of the people who matter.

    • Adi permalink*
      May 18, 2009 2:10 AM

      Thanks for checking out the blog and posting your response, Murugan. Talking of the South, the BJP did win 4 or 5 seats in AP this time, if I am not mistaken. It won in Kanyakumari last time, but lost this time despite having had the lead for the best part of the day.

      I will have to correct you on the “fooling” people bit, once again. The BJp is surely not fooling anyone. It is the only party which has a set of ideologies and sticks to it. I do not agree with some of the ideologies myself, but I sure do respect the BJP more than I respect any other party.

      You call M. Karunanidhi as a leader of the Millions? Do you know the number of people who insult him on the streets in the filthiest of tongues on a daily basis? If you don’t, you are being ignorant. Most people are extremely unhappy with the DMK rule. Sorry to tell you this, but I am not a big fan of the DMK myself.

      You say that the Media has been supportive of Jayalalithaa all the while? I beg to defer. The Media has been largely unbiased as far as TN is concerned. Sun Network heaps praises on DMK and insults ADMK, which Jaya TV does just the opposite. And it is Sun Network which has a much wider audience base. So it would be wrong to say that the Media as a whole mislead people as far as TN is concerned.

      And what intrigues me most is your last statement. If you would be so kind as to explain what you meant when you said “It will take another 100 years for some section of the people to understand the real feelings of the people who matter,” I would be grateful. Who, according to you, are the “people who matter?” And what do you think are their “feelings?”

  6. May 18, 2009 12:49 PM

    //How can that be possible if the polling was fair?//
    Nah. That was Vaiko’s plea against Pa.Chi and it didn’t happen in Madurai. If someone had told so, the news would have been “The retarded guy who was screaming about Bogus countings on Madurai’s Maada Veedhi was killed by a suspicious group of Social activists near Suryan FM’s regional office, Madurai. -PTI”

    //Chidambaram Chetty//
    Stop bringing caste everywhere. We people try to avoid such stuff and abstain from using them as our second names and still ‘Paarpaneeyam’ exists. Sad to say so, but once in a while your instincts tend to wake up as well dear friend. And the re-count thing is purely ‘cheap’. A ballot can count upto 1000 votes and hence the confusion of adding everything together, and I seriously doubt the ruling party’s vagaries all around the state with their Kundar padai except Madurai (which anyway can’t be helped) w.r.t the PMK disaster. BTW how should we spell it Aiyar/ Aiyar or Iyer or what?

  7. May 18, 2009 2:03 PM

    I used the caste name for rhyming effect. Somehow Aiyar and Chetty used together in one sentence seemed funny, especially considering Congress is secular. You yourself told me PC wins cos of caste votes, so thought I’d mention it. No ill will towards any caste intended there. If I cared so much about caste, I would be mourning Mani’s loss, but it’s just the opposite πŸ˜€
    As for the spelling, it’s a Tamil name written in english so who cares. Write it however you please.

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