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By-poll results 2018: Final wake up call for the Modi government
On 31 May 2018, by-election results for 4 Lok Sabha and 11 Assembly seats were declared. The BJP lost two more parliamentary seats that it had won in 2014, winning just one and out of the 11 Assembly seats the BJP could just win one while the united opposition emerged victorious in 9 constituencies.

Every news channel is giving various reasons for this debacle and presenting the 2019 general elections' scenario depending upon its affiliation as either pro or anti-BJP. Nevertheless, if the Modi government does not analyse and do course correction now, then the 2019 Lok Sabha election results are not expected to go in its favour.

The sooner our netas of all hues understand that the Indian voting public is no longer illiterate and foolish as it used to be 70 years back, it will be good for the people of India and also the netas themselves.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had got 282 parliamentary seats single handedly, 10 over the half way mark of 272 in the 545 seat Lok Sabha. This, a single party getting clean majority, happened after a long gap of 30 years, a period which saw one coalition government after another. This in itself was a big feat of achievement for the BJP.

However, after Thursday's results, the BJP is now left with just 272 Lok Sabha seats, just the half-way mark in the lower house of parliament. In other words, the BJP has steadily been losing Lok Sabha seats to the opposition in by-elections in the last four years. No amount of permutations and combinations and assertions that Modi's popularity is intact and that these things keep on happening in politics, can convince a lay man that all is hunky dory. Truth is that today the people are not that happy with the Modi government as they were in 2014 and there is resentment brewing. But then why are the people angry?

Without going into pluses and minuses of this government, the one single reason for annoyance of the people of India is that during the election campaign of 2014, so many things were promised to the people of India which probably even the BJP knew couldn't be fulfilled in 5 years. All those promises have now boomeranged and are haunting the ruling government. 

Why promise something which you cannot implement in this age of social media, internet and smartphones where communication is so fast? Recently, Amit Shah was forced to admit that black money coming back to India with every Indian getting 15 lakh in his bank account was only a 'chunavi jumla". Gone are the days of chunavi jumlas, today either you implement what you promise or suffer the consequences.

Then came the Tughlaqi farman of demonetisation which apart from creating serious troubles for the aam adami (common man) set back the Indian economy by few years. This was followed by implementation on GST, though in principle a good concept, but very poorly implemented. The small and medium entrepreneurs are still confused in dealing with various laws concerning GST.

Now the latest Tughlaqi farman is of opening all cantonment roads numbering 87 of all 62 cantonments of India to civilians by the new defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. No thought has been given into the security of large number of families and children of Army men staying within the safety and security of cantonments. This ill-thought of order is an open invitation to jehadis to enter cantonments and hurl grenades at school children and the families of servicemen who are busy fighting jehadis and keeping the country safe from China-Pakistan axis. 

If inconvenience to the aam adami is so important then why in Delhi, roads leading to the Parliament, Lutyens' Delhi etc are inaccessible for the public? Why over 47000 policemen are deployed today for guarding netas enjoying Z and Y category security covers?

The truth is that the Modi government is proving no different from the previous Congress governments. We are still living in a welfare state model of Nehru. Hardly any major economic reforms have been implemented by the Modi government. The money guzzlers with no quality control, the PSUs, continue as before with same gusto. Labour laws continue to be compromised upon for the sake of the economy.

The Modi government may have curbed corruption at higher echelons but it continues unabated at the lower levels where the aam adami has to suffer. No appreciable efforts have been done towards preventing farmers' suicides.

In the final analysis Modi ji and the BJP are now left with just one year. The government must set a final goal for itself and identify its key focal areas. There after it must go all out to implement those goals. This 'Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas' is just not working.

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