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Fait accompli?

Signs of the Congress’s defeat (in 2014) are now more clear than ever.

Both the Organiser and Panchjanya celebrate the assembly election results in the heartland states as a “writing on the wall” that says “NO” to the Congress on issues of “dual power centre” ,“inflation”,“anti-national policies”,“dynastic rule”,“pseudo-secularism”,“corruption” and “centralisation”. The editorial in the Organiser credits the “Modi effect” as well for the BJP’s outstanding performance in Madhya Pradesh,Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

“Another point on which,the so-called secular minds were harping… was ‘BJP looses where Modi campaigns’. The remarkable victory in 70 per cent seats that went for polls,where Shri Modi held 170 public meetings,will certainly make them think twice on this issue. Rajasthan victory for BJP was certain but winning three-forth of the seats is a definite Modi effect. Shivraj Singh and Raman Singh both were facing anti-incumbencies of two terms. BJP improved its tally in Madhya Pradesh and retained the seats in the Naxal-ridden state of Chhattisgarh. The outcome in the areas where Modi campaigned are decisively favourable to the BJP,” says the editorial.

“Signs of the Congress’s defeat (in 2014) are now more clear than ever. The dynasty controlled party’s hopes of miracles from Rahul Gandhi were shattered a day before Sonia Gandhi’s birthday (December 9),” the Panchjanya editorial says.

“Nehru-Gandhis’ fortunes are on the ebb,” declares a full-page article in the Organiser,suggesting that “we could see skittish Congress allies leave the UPA at,to use Rahul Gandhi’s own phrase,‘the escape velocity of Jupiter’…”

AAP AS ALLY

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While the Delhi debut of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has robbed the BJP of some sheen,the Sangh Parivar weeklies don’t appear as bitter against the AAP as the BJP is and the articles advocate forging a united front against the Congress. “If Arvind Kejriwal has respect for the voter,he must work jointly with the BJP,instead of saying that he will remain in the opposition. Together BJP and AAP can work wonders,” says a column in the Organiser.

Another article refers to the Congress’s washout in the four heartland states to claim that the BJP is going to be an alternative at the national level before suggesting the AAP join ranks with the BJP. The Panchjanya editorial admits that the “AAP is clearly ahead in creating a wonder,while BJP remains ahead in performance”.

The “BJP is destined to win 300 seats in the 2014 election. Hence in the interest of the nation AAP should support,not oppose,the BJP,if it sincerely wants to work for the emancipation of the nation,” says another article in the Organiser.

BALI SURRENDER

Both Sangh Parivar weeklies criticise India’s acceptance of the trade facilitation agreement at the ninth ministerial meeting of the WTO in Bali. An article that has appeared in both weeklies terms the Indian agreement an “unwarranted surrender by India at Bali”. “The claimed ‘victory’ is actually a defeat,” an article in the Organiser reflecting the Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s views asserts,criticising “the Government of India’s last minute compromise in World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial conference at Bali”.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari