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Issue No.: 559 | January 2014

Mini general elections?

Ashok Karnik
Assembly elections in Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram, just before the next general election in 2014 were considered a dress rehearsal for the latter. Of course, the two sets of elections are fought on different grounds and cannot be compared. However, it is a barometer to test the people’s mood. UPA II was always considered inadequate on many counts but there was hope that some of its populist policies might strike a chord to dispel the gloom. The Food Security Bill, in particular, raised its hopes. Price rise which is not entirely its fault weighed it down as people do not blame international events when their pockets shrink. Non-governance turned out to be UPA II’s Achilles heel. The glib and smart answers of Congress wordsmiths to all questions satisfied no one except themselves. 

The Assembly elections will be analyzed minutely over the next months and a gain here or there might be used to provide a fig leaf to the Congress but the message is clear: UPA II is on notice. Mizoram is always a case apart but the other 4 states have shown the red light. It needs to do something drastic in the next 4-5 months to turn the tide. Will Dr. Manmohan Singh now act Prime Ministerial, stand up and be counted as a leader or will he still hide behind the cloak of silence which has proved so disastrous for UPA II? Will Rahul Gandhi stop talking in abstractions? Price rise is out of its hands but corruption, terrorism, Pak and Chinese bellicosity and Naxalite menace need decisive responses. The Government needs to be seen to act and not make vacuous pronouncements. 

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