General Election of 2019 : Voters Chose Honesty and Hardwork

Election results are out. There is a clear mandate in support of a particular idea, particular formation, and particular party. There is no doubt what voters have chosen. Voters have chosen a strong leadership, a decisive leadership, and schemes government has worked for five years have touched lives of people. Without changing lives of people at the bottom of Indian social pyramid, without class and religious discrimination, such a huge mandate is not possible to achieve. I remember, in 2018 INC chair person Mrs. Gandhi had announced in India Today conclave that “we will not let Modi return.” INC president Mr. Rahul Gandhi had called prime minister to be a thief. Now that verdict has come from the unwashed masses, it is clear and unequivocal. In this occasion, I am sharing a post I had shared earlier in the month of April, 2019, in response to Indispire prompt here. about ideologies and issues that faced each other in the election of 2019.

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Read : Inclusion vs. Development : Battle of Narratives Part I

Read : Inclusion vs. Development : Battle of Narratives Part II

Prime Minister Modi and his alliance partners have defended their bastion on the plank of development. Challenger/s had evoked lack of inclusiveness in Indian society, increase in incidence of communal polarisation, and need for a kinder, gentler society that takes care of its weakest.

I do not come from a politically aware and astute family background. My father was sympathetic towards the left. He believed left fought for the poor. I have no specific political ideology. What I understand is that, as India develops economically, when people have jobs, as people get a roof over their head, as Indian society becomes prosperous, many problems of caste and religious violence, will likely be solved.

In this context, present ruling dispensation had introduced several people friendly schemes, in the hope of reaching the last man at the bottom of the social pyramid: (i) zero balance bank account,(ii) direct benefit transfer to account,(iii) free gas cylinder to BPL families,(iv) health insurance policy of five lac for 10 crore families and 50 crore people,(v) rural electrification,(vi) housing scheme for poor;(vii) easy loan to start business;(viii) crop insurance policy; (ix) minimum support price for farmers, (x) implementation of OROP for armed forces personnel (xi) creation and building of connectivity by building roadway, railway and waterway.

Ruling party, according to political commentators, intelligentia and opponents had committed several mistakes. Which included (i) inability to create jobs (government disagreed though), (ii) destroying informal economy by implementing demonetisation and implementing GST, (iii) creation of an atmosphere of intolerance against minority community.

Certainly, opposition parties had worked to capitalise on weakness of ruling party. Main agenda of opposition had been creation of a kinder, gentler and pluralistic India. Alone they did not stand a chance. Their hope lied in reducing chances of BJP below a criticial number. In this way, either a post poll alliance of like minded parties would come together to form a government. Major problem in this formation had been the leadership. Who would lead the motley crew, would it be congress president Mr. Rahul Gandhi or BSP supremo behenji Mayawati or TMC chief Mamata didi? May be Mr. Deve Gowda, head of JDS would come out of his retirement to save India.

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Compulsion of coalition politics was a term used to describe an alliance of political parties, that might have fought election against each other, against a common enemy in the name of saving democracy. The result would have been the weakest person might have become prime minister, because every constituent of the coalition might have an opportunity to flex his muscle and get his demand met.

India had seen several such alliances. Desire to grab power was hidden behind lofty statements like “saving Indian democracy” and “respecting peoples mandate”. Already, intelligentia and prominent citizens had argued in favor of a rag tag coalition government at the center. They argued with a weak center, regional aspirations would get an opportunity to flourish. They also believed, such an alliance would respect plurality of India and respect minority sentiments.

A large section of Indians believed, prime minister Modi to be dedicated and an honest person, against his political opponents who ran family based parties. Many had charges of corruption against them. An equally large number of Indians believed Modi to be dictatorial and anti minority, and must be removed.

I am glad, Modi has come back. If Modi had lost, it would have implied that there is no need to work hard. One could simply dangle a carrot at the end of fourth year, all paid by tax payers, and waltz into seat of power. The fact that electorate has chosen hard work over entitlement, they have understood that Modi may have his faults, his election brings bigger advantage compared to what his replacements would have offered?

Read and download your free copy of Desert Plant an e-book published as part of #BlogchatterEbook.

Read : Inclusion vs. Development : Battle of Narratives Part I

Read : Inclusion vs. Development : Battle of Narratives Part II

5 thoughts on “General Election of 2019 : Voters Chose Honesty and Hardwork

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  1. Wonderful read Sir! On 23rd I was in Kolkata, as I was invited there by couple of my friends to witness an epoch moment. BJP made huge inroads there. But on roads their flags was missing celebration was missing, probably everybody knows the possible reasons.

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