February 11, 2015 at 5:12 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: 1983 AP Elections, 1984 Lok sabha, 1991 Lok Sabha, 1991 TN, AAP, AB Vajpayee, Arvind Kejriwal, BJP, Delhi 2015, history, huge mandate, Jayalalitha, lessons, LK Advani, Modi, NT Rama Rao, PV Narasimha Rao, Rajiv Gandhi
Arvind Kejriwal (AK) has done the pheonix by rising from nowhere to virtually owning the Delhi assembly!
It is not my intention to analyze how he managed to do it and what were the factors that led to this remarkable victory because that is already done ad nauseam. I am more concerned about going forward and this is where AK will do well to learn from history.
Circa 1982: NT Rama Rao started his Telugu Desam party in Andhra and within a year he won a landslide victory by securing 201 seats out of 270 against Indira Gandhi, then PM.
Circa 1984 Dec: Rajiv Gandhi swept the Lok Sabha polls by winning a massive mandate of 404 seats (a feat that his illustrious grand father or mother could not even come close). Incidentally, there were only 2 BJP members in that lok sabha viz AB Vajpayee and LK Advani
1991:Jayalalitha’s ADMK with Congress won 225 out of 234 seats in Tamilnadu and the then incumbent party DMK managed to get only 2 seats.
The common theme amongst these examples is that all of them wasted the huge mandate possibly because they weren’t ready for that! Or possibly the results got into their heads!! You may be already aware about what happened to them and more importantly how the nation/states lost out despite giving them such clear and massive mandates.
Now let us look at the other extreme.
At the same time as Jayalalitha, PV Narasimha Rao took over the mantle of PM leading the INC which won only 244 seats (less than the minimum 272 for a majority) but then transformed the nation.
So Mr Kejriwal, you have a choice of fulfilling the aspirations of the Delhi voters who have given a never-before drubbing to everybody else in your party’s favour or letting the verdict get into your head. You have got a second chance but you may not get a third one. More importantly, Delhi and perhaps the Nation will go back to the cynical mindset.
Wish you (and Delhi) all the best!! Jai Hind
August 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: anna hazare, Bofors, corruption, Dayandihi maran, Jan Lokpal, Kalmadi, Lokpal, PM, Raja, Rajiv Gandhi, Sheila Dixit, Team Anna
1. You say that PM Should be under Lokpal but his/her decisions relating to certain areas like Defence and National security may be kept outside the purview of Lokpal (or should we call it Jan Lokpal?). Which means that if this bill was passed prior to 1984, Rajiv Gandhi would have avoided coming under its scrutiny for the Bofors scam (a pathetic amount of Rs.64 crores). Or if the current or future PMs engage in corruption in purchasing combat aircraft, they can very well claim immunity on account of the fact that it was Defence. Why is Defence a sacred cow?
2. Let’s say that the Jan Lokpal was passed an year earlier. What would have been the scenario for the likes of Raja, Kalmadi, Sheila Dixit and Dayanidhi Maran? What would have happened?
Instead of dreaming about eradicating corruption with the proposed bill, please talk straight and answer these questions.
January 9, 2009 at 4:43 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: Arjun Singh, Congress, Digvijay Singh, Indira Gandhi, PM, Pranab, Rahul Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi
Day not far when Rahul becomes PM: says Pranab Mukherjee, the person who reportedly felt he deserved to be the PM immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Hence he was sidelined by Rajiv and his coterie for quite some time and spent his time in wilderness. And being a politically savvy person (except on that one occasion in 1984) he would not have made that remark without realizing the implications. What a great fall for a person who was once India’s finance minister!!
This remark of his has also revealed the thinking within Congress that Sonia can / will not be the PM. Given her age and ‘experience’, it is too early to write her off but if the Congress is now pitching Rahul, they have given hopes of Sonia becoming the PM.
If someone reading this blog thought that I am equating Pranab with Congress, then be informed that his is not the lone voice. Digivijay Singh, Arjun Singh, Veerapa Moily and Prithviraj singh have been saying it different fora. Our PM had already endorsed that Rahul is the future of our Nation during the UP polls itself!
Back to Monarchy! Let’s welcome the new King!!