The election results from four states on Friday not only got people flocking before the TV sets to see what analysts had to say about them. There were many who took the opportunity to present their views,too.
Sharmishtha Mukherjee,a doctor based in the city for over ten years,said the people of Bengal had to wait for 34 years for this historic moment that ended the monopoly of the Left goverment. With Mamata Banerjees victory,maybe we can now expect the Writer’s Building to go green from red. I hope she ushers in industrial growth and public sector growth in Bengal and prevents young people to migrate to other states in search of jobs, said an elated Mukherjee.
Abhishek Jana,who works in the food industry,however feels that it is too early to celebrate Trinamools victory. I don’t think much will change in Bengal as long as people don’t want change to come in,as music industry veteran Bishwadeep Chatterjee said. While the situation may be different in Kolkata,in rural Bengal people were forced to vote for Mamata Banerjee,so how can we expect any drastic change? he asks.
In Assam,the Congress government is set for its third consecutive term. Utpal Sarma,general secretary,Assam Association,said,While the Congress has done some good work in the health sector,especially with reagard to the girl child,such abig win was unprecedented. As a party it may have worked well,but some candidates have won purely on the basis of the party Manifesto, said Sarma. On the other hand,Kerala was a close call,with the Congress-led United Democratic Front scraping through with 72 seats,just four above ruling Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) 68.
K Harinarayan,a member of the Pune Malayalee Federation in the city said Kerala has stuck to its tradition of swapping governments every five years.
While for Tamil Nadu it was one of the most decisive mandates,the most important since the 2009 general election,J Jayalalithaas AIADMK won an equally emphatic victory over the DMK in Tamil Nadu with leads in 199 seats in the 234 member house.
I am extremely happy to have J Jayalalitha back in power. She is smart and I hope she will be careful not to repeat the mistakes which she did last time. The many scams involving the DMK party has seen the party take a beating and the scion rule will come to an end,’ said Gita Vasudevan,a banker from Chennai who has shifted to Pune recently.