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A Shocking Reversal of BJP Fortunes
"When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state."- Euripides, Orestes. False hope is hope built entirely around a fantasy, a hope that has no knowable chance of coming to fruition. The exploitation and creation of false hope in other people for material gain is at the core of many of the scams. Creating false hope in others is a particularly heinous act. Often the last refuge of the crank or promoter of will be - "at the very least, what I do doesn't harm people" -- but harm is exactly what a peddler of false hope creates.

Before the Lok Sabha election we were fed with enormous doses of promises on all branches of available media. "Bahut Jheli Manhgayee Ki Mar, Abki Bar Modi Sarkar." We were shown the dreams of 'Achche Din.' What we got after that? A new Cabinet was formed where unqualified people are manning the qualified jobs, the tainted politicians holding the power and defeated politicians have got the ranks. They had earlier declared the priorities of issues - Rising prices, Black Money, Law and Order, Transparency and Corruption-Free bureaucracy.

We got ? Parliament was bypassed and an ordinance was passed to accommodate a Babu; burning of files - details were not put in public domains; a Sanskrit Week; and a bandwidth of tainted ministers. A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms reveals that 13 of Modi's men have criminal charges registered against them. 

The anaylsis also shows that eight ministers have serious charges, including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and electoral violations, against them. Uma Bharti, who now heads the water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation portfolios, has a case related to attempt to murder registered against her. In addition to that, she also has a case of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language against her. Another case of illegal payments in connection to an election has also been filed against her.

Upendra Kushwaha, appointed as minister of state for rural development, panchayati raj, drinking water and sanitation, also has a case related to bribery against him. Similarly, Ram Vilas Paswan, who has been handed the ministries of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, also has a case of bribery registered against him. Late Gopinath Munde, who had  taken over as the minister for rural development, also had a case related to kidnapping or abducting with intent against him.

Modi was claiming himself as Messiah of Poor. The report also showed that of the 44 ministers analysed, 40 of them are crorepatis.  The report also revealed that the average asset worth per minister is Rs 13.47 crore. Of these, five ministers have declared more than Rs 30 crore worth of assets.

Poor man is struggling to survive. In even Modi's Ahemdabad, Vegetable prices in general have increased by 10-15% in the last 12 days but the prices of tomato and potato have shot up by around 25% even in the wholesale market. Officials of the agricultural produce market committee (APMC) at Jamalpur said that the price of tomato, which was in the range of Rs 25-34 a kg on July 9, had increased to Rs 40-60 per kg. Even in the retail market, where it was selling at Rs 50 per kg, the price of tomato had increased to Rs 80.

Now let us see how the communal elements got boost with Narendra Modi's Sarkar. The politicians involved in Muzaffarnagar riots were publicly honored. Many seemingly unconnected incidents took place in various parts of India recently.  On Friday, 18th April, the BJP party leader in Bihar, Giriraj Singh made a categorical statement that "those who opposed Narendra Modi had no place in India. They would have to go to Pakistan after the elections".  Earlier in Visakhapatnam on April 8th, BJP's senior leader Venkaiah Naidu said that "the BJP would bring in an anti-conversion law to ban religious conversions all over the country if it is voted to power in 2014 elections". And on April 21st, (Easter Sunday), the International working President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Dr. Pravin Togadia in a vicious speech in Rajkot (Gujarat) demanded that Muslims vacate houses in the Hindu areas of the city.

Targeting a Muslim businessman, Togadia gave him 48 hours to vacate his house "if he does not relent" he told the Hindu mobs "go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office,'' as was reported in the Times of India, Ahmedabad edition.ed. Ahmedabad, pg. 1, April 21st, 2014). 

Very interestingly last year, on March 21st, 2013, (Easter Sunday) in the Maninagar area of Ahmedabad, Togadia gave a call to a large gathering for the establishment of a 'Hindu Rashtra' (nation) stating that by 2015, Gujarat would be the first 'Hindu State' of the country. Incidentally, Maninagar is the constituency of Narendra Modi. Again he is threatening Muslims.

Goa Minister for Cooperation Deepak Dhavlikar belonging to the regional outfit Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), an alliance partner of Bharatiya Janata Party, on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to make India a Hindu State in the future if he got unstinted and full support and backing from "all of us".

The incidents in very different parts of the country have much in common. They primarily reveal the core Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology which has spawned the BJP.

And now the Indians are realizing the trap they were caught in. They have responded today. And it must have as lunged a shocking blow to the BJP as Congress registered massive victory on all the three seats of Dharchula, Doiwala and Someshwar in the Assembly by polls.  Chief Minister Harish Rawat won the Dharchula Assembly seat with a margin of 20,604 votes on Friday. Rawat, who took charge as the eighth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on February 1, 2014, will complete six months of his tenure on July 31. 

Rawat defeated BJP's BD Joshi in a direct fight between the Congress and BJP from the Dharchula seat and polled over 30,000 votes. Congress's Rekha Arya won from Someshwar seat by a margin of 10,685 votes, defeating BJP's Mohan Ram and got 23,010 votes. Another feather added to Congress' cap as Hira Singh Bisht also won from Doiwala seat. Celebrations started across as Congress won from this seat after 26 years. At present, the Congress has 32 members in the state assembly while the BJP has 28. The Uttarakhand assembly has a total strength of 70 members.

The Congress victory reflects the disillusion that the public has felt for the NaMo rule. It is worth recalling that Uttarakhand has been grappling with one of the worst natural disasters the state has faced in recent years.

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