From Narendra Modi to Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi, politicians are following the same propaganda into 2014 – “Anti-Corruption.” But whose memo will be a hit with the masses in the 16th Lok Sabha Elections coming in the year ahead? Will it be Modi Mania, the Aam Admi Party’s ‘Jhadu ka Jaadu’ or will it be the crown prince Rahul Gandhi ascending his throne which was kept well secured for 10 years by his regent Manmohan Singh? Let’s look into the individual campaigns of three most important politicians and PM hopefuls for the great race at the 16th Lok Sabha Elections.
Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) – The Voice of the Mango Man
By now I’m sure you have come across pictures going viral that how a year ago Mr. Nobody was thrown away by the police and how that nobody is now being guarded by the same khaki men. Witnessing the power of the common man, we came across the offscreen “nayak” in the form of Arvind Kejriwal and got the youngest CM who vowed to wipe off corruption with his jhaadu and even go after the corrupts like never before.
The question now is will Kejriwal be able to keep the junta in his favor as the head of the state? Because till now he was not into the system but an interrupter, who kept challenging the Congress Government and its policies but now it is altogether a different ball game. Secondly, before aiming at the national scene, how Kejriwal keeps up his pre-poll assurances of cheaper electricity and free water is something to watch for. Lastly, how the dubious alliance with Congress will fare, is another story. Will the giant killer show his magic yet again or fall straight, is something to watch.
Narenda Modi (BJP) – Great Orator or a Blabber Mouth?
From website, social media to campaigning comprehensively, Narendra Modi seems to be turning the knobs of both, the young and old voters through his development work and speeches. Modi not only drew huge crowds in Gujarat but also in other states like Maharashta, Rajasthan, M.P, and Himachal Pradesh and even UP.
Although he has been ruling the national highways with his face and words, social media through his developmental works and spotless government, will he be able to rule the minds and hearts of the national voters before the election? Well, time will tell whether the magic of progress, expansion and development that worked in Gujarat, will also work in the polls at the national level or not? In addition, unlike the state where he has always had a secure position, Modi at a national level may not have threats from various key parties but certainly from the newly formed AAP who too are pitching the same agenda – “Clean Governance and Development.”
Rahul Gandhi (INC) – the Crown Prince and hence the Natural Leader of Congress
Aha, where the above two have been ruling positively in the minds and hearts of the people, this PM candidate (though it is not decided as of now) has been the topic of jokes all throughout. When he speaks, the janta mocks and critics banish him by calling him a philosopher and when he tweets, he is called as an imitator of his own party man.
His “Anti-Corruption” appeal is not as strong as compared to the two men mentioned above and we all are well aware of it. Also, it seems that people of India are now bored of the oldest party and sick of their policies as well as scams. But, no matter what we say and speak, at the national level Congress has always been strong and managed to stand well with or without support. Whether Rahul be able to save his party and not let it stumble in the 2014 Elections is something that the entire country will be looking at.
I fear, AAP may turn out to be a hindrance to the BJP at the national level and thus, become a boon in disguise to Rahul and Congress. Well, that’s my inner fear. Tell us, what’s your opinion – what’s in store for the three above mentioned leaders and their respective parties in the 16th Lok Sabha Election?
By Deepti Verma