Lok Sabha Elections 2014: The Congress' new found love for Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 2:56pm IST | Agency: DNA

There are no permanent enemies in politics because everything is fair in love and war. The Congress' bankruptcy of ideas has hit rock bottom when the polling for the 16th Lok Sabha is underway. The massive voter turn-outs reported from different parts of the country has convinced the Congress that its days in power are numbered. This record breaking turn out means the country is fed up of the present regime and it seeks change and it is therefore determined to vote for this change. 
 
To score some last minute brownie points, the dirty tricks department of the Congress has come out with an idea to throw spanners in the Modi juggernaut. Out of sheer desperation the Congress is using the former prime minister and the BJP strongman Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name to contain the saffron surge across the country. It has again raked up the post Godhra riots of 2002 in the aftermath of which the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said a few words on Rajdharma. The Congress is hoping that the 2002 riots will have any impact whatsoever on the electoral outcomes of the 2014 Lok Sabha election when the Modi wave is all set to vote out the Congress-led UPA at the centre. 
 
What is ironical is the Congress' hypocrisy in using Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name whose premiership saw India winning the Kargil war against Pakistan and whose operation Pokhran made India a nuclear power. Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's leadership India's economy too was doing well by growing at a brisk pace of around 8%. It was Atal Bihar Vajpayee led NDA that coined India Shining slogan in the Lok Sabha election of 2004 and unfortunately lost the election. 
 
Today the fact remains that the Congress-led UPA that inherited A Shining India has converted this into a crying India and  buoyed by the Modi wave, the people across India are eagerly awaiting their turns at the polling booths to teach the incumbent regime a proper lesson. But the delusional Congress is in a denial mode. It does not want to read the writing on the wall. It has till now denied Bharat Ratna to India's most admired ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But for a handful of votes the same Congress does not hesitate to pull out his old statements from archives made in the backdrop of certain unfortunate events to mislead the voters in 2014. It is the same Congress that had toppled Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government in 1999 by striking unfair deal with Jaylalitha into withdrawing her support to the Vajpayee led NDA which perished ultimately after losing majority. 
 
The irony dies one thousand deaths when this holier than thou Congress makes use of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name to divert attention from its tainted record in governance that lasted for a decade and now appears to be in its final lag. The Congress under Rahul Gandhi is breathing its last and when it is facing a complete white wash in this election, it is talking about the issues that are no longer relevant in this election. 
 
People have moved on and they do not like to be reminded of 2002 any longer. The reason for this dissonance with respect to 2002 is the need of the hour is development, growth and rapidly growing eco nomy that brings prosperity. The Congress has no blue print for country's development. It does not know on which issues it should fight this election.
 
Sadly It is thinking that  faux sympathy towards Atal Bihari Vajpayee will help it turn the tide in its favour. But for the Congress it is too late now. The Modi juggernaut is just round the corner and it is only a matter of days for Narendra Modi to take over the reigns of power from the Congress and usher in a new era. 


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