No election has brought so much excitement than this one which is scheduled to be held in 2014. Be it the PM candidate or agenda- everything is new and placed on the table for the voter in a new form and format, such as Resignation Politics. Indian voters are witnessing for the first time a presidential type of election just like in US. Development, Jobs, Empowerment, Woman safety are the issues which have gained prominence instead of the age old ones like caste and religion. Parties as well as candidates are making good use of social networking, duly supported by Mobile apps available on smart Phones.
Woes of the AAP
One of the newest party, AAP was able to form the government in Delhi by gathering popular support through social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Although till date not a single day has passed where its government remains controversy free. Recently AAP’s top notch leader Yogendra Yadav announced that the AAP will contest elections from all over India under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. It means its Prime Ministerial nominee is Kejriwal. To win the elections, AAP wants Kejriwal to conduct rallies all over India as is the pre-election norm. But this is not possible as he is the CM of Delhi and is too busy in the affairs of the state.
On one side, the other two PM candidates, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, are circumambulating India so that they can meet voters, tell them about their agenda and how they will benefit if their party is able to form the government, while on the other hand, the AAP leadership is too frustrated that their PM candidate cannot even come out of Delhi and do something along parallel lines. It is quite known that no leader of AAP is so famous as Kejriwal and being a PM nominee it is not only desirable but a necessity for him to meet people and conduct rallies where AAP wants to give tickets to their candidates.
All a Big Game?
Now here comes the catch. The political drama which is going on in some last several weeks is a part of this bigger picture. AAP wants that by somehow their government should be put down by the Congress. For this, they started investigation against the party. When the Congress did not reciprocate in accordance, the frustrated AAP announced that if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed, their CM will resign. By doing this they can hit two birds with one arrow. If by any means their government falls due to non-passage of Janlokpal, AAP will put the blame on Congress and by this, will get sufficient time to do rallies all across India under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. Hence, people will think that the AAP in order to fulfill its promise made a sacrifice of the government. By doing this their image will also be improved in the general public.
But these all are mere assumptions and how this thinking will translate into votes only time will tell. Till then, the game is on and with each passing day people will get to see more excitement, new players and news rules which may change the course of history and politics in India.
By Hitesh Singh Pundir