Dynasty At Stake
When the extremely powerful Church in Mizoram objected to a Sunday counting of votes, it could hardly imagine the impact it would have in Indian politics. As this demand was accepted by the election commission the Mizoram poll results were delayed by one day after the Sunday results in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Congress victory in Mizoram, therefore, failed to salvage the overwhelming humiliation and a sense of total annihilation of the party in all the other states 24 hours ago. Perhaps the consolation victory would do some good to the image of the party on the day it was being ridiculed all over the country by the rivals and critics.
As far as victory in Mizoram is concerned it cannot salvage the thrashing the Congress got in four states for one more reason other than the ill timing. Traditionally the elections in the Northeast do not follow the national political trends.
The election results in five states have no doubt unsettled a few political equations. The biggest surprise came from the national capital and it was the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. Though it was thought that Arvind Kejriwal would be able to topple Shiela Dixit, a total of 28 seats and the status of the second biggest party after the BJP was something that majority of the political analysts were skeptical of. The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party with a bunch of real life aam aadmis, therefore has caught the imagination of the entire nation and has become a more significant talking point than the war between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Yet the skepticism about Aam Admi Party in other states in future elections remains as Demography and geography in the other states are far more complex than the national capital and it makes those states more expensive as far as election expenses are concerned.
However, it would not be wise enough to brush off the possibilities of an AAP performance similar to the AGP mass hysteria in Assam in the eighties.
As some voices inside the party has already suggested the Congress needs a massive overhauling. But the question is how can you overhaul a party which has to be led by people from one single family and there is no options left in the family? Who will replace Rahul Gandhi, the biggest setback for Congress? Priyanka Gandhi who could have been a better alternative has her husband Robert Vadra and his massive scams as the biggest stumbling block in her path. Shall the party pray for mistakes commited by rivals or it has to wait for Priyanka’s son to grow? Perhaps sitting in the opposition benches until then will do some good as Mani Shankar Aiyer has suggested?
[Opinions and viewpoints expressed in this column are solely the writer’s and not Fried Eye. The writer, Rhiddhis Chakravorty, is a well known Guwahati based journalist]
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