High voting percentage in the states where polling has concluded clearly shows the anger against the Congress.
In Delhi, too, people will vote for development and against the Congress. In MP and Chattishgarh, people voted for development. There has also been a vote against incumbency, both at the state and central levels.
The results in favour of the BJP will send out two clear signals – one, it will establish that there is strong wave in favour of Narendra Modi; second, there is a strong anti-Congress wave across the country. People are fed up of 10 years of Congress misrule in the country. With every passing day, the UPA government is breaking its own records in corruption.
Our economist prime minister blames the global economic crisis for the high inflation. Other countries controlled inflation to below 5%. But in India, inflation continues to be in double digits.
The UPA government has brought down the growth rate to half of what it was during the NDA government’s rule. Growth rate was always over 8% during the NDA rule.
The fact is, the Congress has touched a new low and is now trying to create fear among minorities and Dalits to hold on to them. The Congress always plays the caste and religion cards and has formed a so-called secular club which is nothing but communal. It has failed to match Narendra Modi — BJP’s prime ministerial candidate — and that has forced it to create fear in the minds of the minorities and the Dalits.
BJP is the only nationalist party and it talks for every Indian irrespective of their religion or caste.
Both minorities and Dalits have benefited from Modi’s development work in Gujarat. They are more prosperous compared to minorities and Dalits elsewhere in India. Fact is, the BJP is the only secular party in the country. We talk about ‘Sarv Dharm Sambhav’ when so-called secular parties practice the politics of religion and caste.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, along with the Congress, are indulging in appeasement politics, which the BJP has always opposed.
This communal club is out to create fear among the minorities and scheduled castes. The Congress’s only weapon to gain votes is ‘fear’.
BJP-ruled states have developed on all fronts. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are higher than the national GDP growth rate, 11% as compared to 4.5%.
Elections in five assemblies have clearly shown that Narendra Modi has emerged as the natural preference of the people. Huge public turnouts at Modi’s rallies made it clear that the popularity of Congress leadership — party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi — has waned. Prime minister Manmohan Singh has also lost the people’s confidence.
There are few reasons behind high voter turn outs and one of the most important thing is the electorate took this opportunity to vent out their anger against several issue like bad governance, inflation and most importantly corruption.
Another important reason behind high turn out is deletion of bogus voters from the electoral rolls.
Election offices in all states have done excellent work in identifying and deleting bogus voter from electoral rolls. These bogus votes pull down voting percentages.
(As told to Shashi Bhushan)