BJP's Electoral Hiccups and Ascent of Congress

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Matrika Poudyal

The BJP highest echelon may not have imagined even in slightest possible manner that their election strategies would fail. They may not even have readied a plan in case of loss.

They were so stubborn on what they had envisioned for the electoral consequences which lethally impaired their vibrant ground of voters. As Congress supremo Rahul Gandhi toiled hard for victory, the Churchilian quote sounded much apt for his effort: “Victory at all cost”. The victory has at least released the trailer of theatrical performances of the incumbents of upcoming general election in 2019.

In the first place, it looks the real cause of BJP loss is not the gigantic efforts of the Congress leaders and cadres but the poorer performances delivered by the incumbent BJP governments in the three crucial states. At times, BJP’s immaturity on tackling the issues of ideological aspect of the party looms large as the primary shortcoming for the impairment.  

In the light of such adversary, BJP intellectuals’ roles in public arena mattered much. In most of the policy-level debates, they focused on development and welfare schemes as the prime concerns of the rising middle-class agenda of modern India. They mistook the real chapters of the current issues so far. The Congress blames that the entire nation has now been shattered badly. The principal reasons behind that, as Congress puts, are  the sectarianism, social malevolence and political opportunism engendered by the petty male chauvinism, the bigotry bigoted by Hindutva and de-Mugalizations of the names of cities, towns, streets and mohallas under the barely functioning BJP government.  Firebrand Congress leaders can presently boast of this gain with chest puffery. 
 
However, the ill-governance had not commenced during the BJP rules, it had been deep-rooted into the Indian politics since the Indira Gandhi era. The institutions and the heads of their functionaries had been indoctrinated during the height of Congress rule. They have now been the chiefs of the major Indian institutions.

The BJP after gaining power in the center had hazardous hiccups in operation of the everyday state affairs only due to these bygone era babus who cannot vary their approaches of administrations other than what they had learned during late 70s and early 80s. 
The rising trends of the sectarianism, social malevolence and political opportunism engendered by the petty male chauvinism, the bigotry bigoted by Hindutva and de-Mugalizations of the names of cities, towns, streets and mohallas under the barely functioning BJP government have sabotaged the democratic norms including inclusiveness and accomodativeness. 

Coupled with that, the loss of BJP can be seen through the institutional spheres too. Governments’ performances can only be tested through the degrees of satisfactions the voters in the ground feel in real sense i.e. the peoples’ verdict is the chief litmus test for any political parties in democracy. It has now been electorally approved that the labyrinthine pro- Congress babugiri has contributed BJP loss to the greater extent.

They either put aside or tuned out the fresh approach of the BJP-launched projects. In any case, the governments in the provinces did have red-tape hurdles and institutional inertia that catered calamitous consequences after all. 

 
Correspondingly, the smart-phone generation and techno-junky newly urbanized society of latest India hardly pay attentions to those BJP-brewed political Jumlebaji—they welcome the realistic policy measures devoid of any terminological ambiguity.

In addition, this generation has seen on the screens of their smart phones and other devices the innocent farmers’ suicides, suffering of famines, epidemics, social insecurity and pangs of unemployment befallen upon the real voters that supplied with run down conditions in everyday life of the urban as well as rural poor. A single swipe can update latest breaking news on them. They cannot be fooled so easily now.  

The monolithic but singular social issue, in fact, had already overshadowed the crucial socio-political juncture of by now moderated Hindu majority social sphere-the Hindutva that paid least off.  It is quite obvious that RSS, the ideological parent of BJP, has played vital part on every electoral booth from Udaipur to Raipur but least possible efficiency can be read through the lines of results. 

In other words, as the electoral score cards began to be public, the BJP graph seen dwindled deeply. The chief BJP spokespersons too began to lose the confidence on the fiery electoral on screen debates through major news channels.  Their tongues sound fumbled and the sentences devoid of pitch variations. They are groping into the suddenly dropped darkness before them in search of the politically right terms for public consumption. 

Another tactical question may irk any antithetic opinion holders: What if Congress lost in the three strategic states where majority Hindi speaking Hindu lower middle-class people dwell- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh? The answer can only be drawn through the hyperbolic but giggling words of overtly elated Congress leaders like Kapil Sibbal and Navjot Singh Shiddhu.  Meanwhile the current of recent political waves has different mannerism.
 
After the victory the layers of Congress leaders and cadres staged demonstrations on behalf their faction heads. They did not look working for the entire party. Only the factions looked powerful. The inaction of Congress high command on deciding right candidates for chief ministers’ post disclosed ill-preparations—Congress was not ready for the victory. 

If it was, it would not take agonizing hours or days to convince the chief minister hopefuls and sort them out swiftly. The so-called high command did look working independently. Kamalnath and Sindhiya scuffle settled as the former got signal for leading Madhya Pradesh but it came through uneasy inter-party fray which people had not expected to be. 

Congress central command might be categorizing the suitable candidates on the bases of age, ethnicity and experiences. But such categorization may backfire the party layers and cause of voters’of attempts have shifted time and again in India electoral history. One of the celebrity cricketer-turned politicians Navjot Singh Shiddhu, out of the inflammable pride of his party’s recent victory, emphasized Congress as the only political entity that has apprehended the real life conditions of working class Indians from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. 

He further imposed a lackluster blame on BJP that Modi’s victory was nothing but the fizz of soda that recedes as soon as it is poured into a glass. He highlighted the significance of hitting the opposition by the lip-the political charged terms against opposition spectrum.   

 
The victorious Congress must not overlook harassing defeats in Telangana and Mizoram.  The losses in these two states may not apparently embarrass cadres and leaders in second and third stratum but the loss is loss. However, their efforts have not been taken seriously so far.

Over all, the recent Congress victory in three significant states of India has shown the chilling trailer of the big movie on the tragic descent of BJP in Indian politics.  The victorious Congress must not overlook harassing defeats in Telangana and Mizoram.  The losses in these two states may not apparently embarrass cadres and leaders in second and third stratum but the loss is loss. However, their efforts have not been taken seriously so far.

The entire party has to concentrate on refurnishing image of the party that has gained social rust and political oxidization and has to galvanize it with robust coat of pro-public image.  

The other fact comes to be refreshing the institutions. As long as the institutions do not work efficiently along with the arts and styles improvised by the executives, neither the voters nor the campaigners find meanings in supporting any political parties for sending them for rule.  

India and her political melodrama do not only matter to the Indians, they critically have sway over the regional politics. So, it can be said that the political gains and losses of any parties in India are directly proportional to the South Asian socio-political super-complex. It’s India that has to handle things with care on behalf of the peace-loving aam aadami across the region.