May 28, 2009 12:58:45 am
In the latest issue of Organiser,an article titled Emergence of a two-party system by Shyam Khosla,observes: The Congress won despite its monumental failures on several fronts. Its strength in the Lower House went up from 145 to 206 and vote share rose from 26.44 per cent to 29.67 per cent an increase of 3.23 percentage points in five years. Its alliance partners brought in eight per cent of popular votes and an additional 52 seats for the UPA raising its tally to 258 seats in 543-seat Lok Sabha just 15 short of the magic figure. Too many parties have extended outside support to UPA to share a piece of the cake. That has ensured a stable government,at least for the time being. An angry commentator wants to know if the upswing in the Congress fortune means the Indian electorate likes a government that is soft on terror and indulges in blatant minority appeasement. Does the Indian electorate want a government which has seen such a high price rise of essential commodities? Does the Indian electorate want a government that gave short shrift to armed forces by denying them their due in wage revision? Do the people want a government that angered ex-servicemen to such an extent that they issued an advisory to vote for a particular party? Does the Indian electorate want a government which failed to prevent more than 10,000 farmers committing suicide year after year during its tenure? Does the Indian voter not care about the illegal bank accounts maintained by corrupt Indian businessmen,politicians and bureaucrats abroad?
The article adds: Although the voter has responded with a yes,it is not the complete answer. The positive side is that the voters have punished petty,egoistic,regional political leaders so that they are in no position to call the shots. They have ensured that the communists are in no position to stop progress in the name of an outdated ideology. They have also rejected politicians who show their faces in their constituencies once in five years. BJP got a drubbing in 2004 as well it got 42 seats less than its tally in the previous House when party stalwart and popular PM A B Vajpayee was still in command. This year,it lost another 22 seats. The loss in numbers cant be explained away by intricacies of first-past the post-system. It lost three percentage points votes as compared to its share of 22.16 per cent in 2004. What is more alarming is that the gap between the vote shares of the Congress and the BJP is widening.
Keralas fading red
An article titled Corruption,vote-bank politics,group war shatter CPM fortress by S. Chandrasekhar,says: When the election results of Lok Sabha poll came out,the happiest man in Kerala was V.S. Achuthanandan. It was a beaming VS who met the media,after the CPM was devastated in the poll,just winning four out of the twenty seats. VS clearly stated that the vote was not anti-establishment and that he would not take the responsibility for the crushing defeat. He wanted to squarely put the blame for the defeat on his bete noire Pinarayi Vijayan not without reasons! For almost three decades,the Malabar lobby of the CPM,earlier led by the late E.K. Nayanar and now by Pinarayi Vijayan,has been trying to destroy him. They backstabbed him by defeating him in the 1996 election in Mararikulam,thereby denying him chief ministership. They also tried to deny him a ticket in 2006 poll but with politburo intervention,he became MLA and CM. For three years now,Pinarayi Vijayan controlled the party and most of the ministers owing allegiance to him have back-stabbed and humiliated VS making him incompetent,clownish and ineffective.
He adds: Government offices and police personnel bore the brunt of CPM,SFI,DYFI and CITU arrogance. Police stations were attacked when CPM cadres were arrested. Top IPS officers and women constables were attacked and molested in police station attacks. Government servants were forced to contribute huge amount of money to CPM funds and protestors were attacked or transferred to remote places. Corruption is all-pervasive in all CPM-related departments. Even temples grossing crores of rupees like Sabarimala and Guruvayur are not spared. The CPMs murder politics,especially in Kannur against the RSS,led to CPMs humiliating defeat in the red bastion of Kannur.
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