Modi pushes for simultaneous polls as BJP suffers bypolls defeat

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The simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in various states being thought out as a way to retain power by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is terming out as a failure for the Bharatiya Janata Party thanks to the impact of government policies directly impacting the livelihoods of voters who are being driven to total desperation.

Being hit out directly at their survival while resorting to the extreme step of suicides being undertaken by the voters, BJP should stop living in the world of illusion as the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a major blow by losing Alwar, Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seats in the Rajasthan.

The results of Rajasthan bypolls indicate a resurgence of the Congress party in 2018 under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. The BJP which had shied away to equate Rahul with Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha elections are now finding it difficult to win even bypolls against Congress.

Modi, who ridiculed the current Congress President in 2014 Lok Sabha Polls is now worried to face an astute politician Rahul Gandhi in 2018 Assembly Polls and Lok Sabha elections in April-May 2019.

But sensing and witnessing the voters’ mood against the BJP led NDA, Prime Minister  Narendra Modi is pushing aggressively to implement BJP’s political strategy of simultaneous polls with an argument trying to play with the people’s emotion that– “frequent elections adversely impact the economy and development”.

During the launch of the SCBA Times, the newsletter of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked SCBA president, senior advocate Vikas Singh, if the journal could start a debate on the need for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

“Can your journal provoke a debate, a purely Constitutional one, whether we should have simultaneous elections in the entire country?

As in 2014, Modi swept elections by touching the emotional chord of the voters by alleging the corruption and joblessness under the UPA government continuously for the last 70 years.

On the contrary, Modi during his tenure has failed to curb corruption in which his ministers are involved such as BJP President Amit Shah’s son, Many ministers holding the office of profit, Vyapam scam, Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya who fled India.It is pertinent to mention that On the same day that he finally fled India, Mallya had been spotted in the lobby of Rajya Sabha, of which he was the member.

Modi government has achieved one major goal which no party has achieved in 70 years  after India’s Independence,
is the widespread disintegration on the lines of caste and religion on one pretext or the other (Ghar Wapsi, cow slaughter, suspicion of beef consuming, Dalits, Patidar protests etc).

Far from fighting corruption in govt., the BJP government in Rajasthan had issued an ordinance in October 2017 that prevents any probe against judges and public servants and even prohibits the media from writing about it.

Modi and his cabinet ministers are now making every attempt to postpone the elections and hold the simultaneous elections in 2022 citing that their financial reforms like Demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax will take some time to revive the economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely appears to have demanded from Modi a couple of years to focus more on agriculture and industries so as to create a wave that BJP is working for the country and postponing the elections will be beneficial for BJP’s prospects.

On January 29, President Ram Nath Kovind had called for a “sustained debate” on holding simultaneous polls, saying all parties need to reach a consensus on the issue.

In his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget session, Kovind said citizens alive to the state of governance in the country were concerned about frequent elections
in one part of the country or another, which adversely impacted the economy and development.

ACtually, the BJP is in a catch 22 situation, the off and on assembly elections have proven disastrous for the BJP’s governance. For instance, in 2017, BJP emerged victorious by bagging  312 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 57 in Uttarakhand while Congress won 77 seats in Punjab, 28 in Manipur and 17 in Goa. BJP succeeded in its game of horse-trading and managed to install their government in Goa and Manipur just to show that BJP is ruling the maximum number of states in India. But fails to understand that it is ruling through coalition in several states.

There is also a likelihood that the Modi government could advance the general elections so as to coincide with the scheduled assembly elections to the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram, to do away with an anti-incumbency factor.

The most glaring failure of Modi government is visible in Jammu and Kashmir where the Army has been weakened by the government policies and the Kashmiri people have been alienated from India with foreign terrorists attacking the line of Control repeatedly.

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By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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