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Lok Sabha polls 2014: Has the Congress already accepted defeat even before the results are out?
After the post-emergency 1977 elections, the Congress party is fighting the most difficult election in 2014 and if we look at the actions and statements of the party leaders and their behaviour, there are clear indications that the party has accepted its defeat in these elections even before the results are officially declared on 16th May 2014.

Many senior Congress leaders, time and again, praised, directly or indirectly BJP PM in waiting Narendra Modi and his Gujarat Model of development on several occasions and have criticized their own party for not living up to the expectations of the people of the country.

This realization on their part not out of their sudden found love for the saffron party-nor they are intending to join the BJP, like many of their leaders and allies have done in the recent past. The only reason, why these senior congress leaders are making such statements is that they are wise enough to sense a defeat in the 2014 elections.

It is not that the Congress Party surrendered all of a sudden without even trying for a win. After the Anna and Kejriwal Movement against corruption, the Congress was looking shaky, but got consoled when Arvind Kejriwal formed his own party. The Congress leaders were hoping that the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress will be minimized due to Kejriwal factor and the AAP will be able to divide the urban middle class vote share to the advantage of the Congress party.

The gamble played by Kejriwal after his 49 days Government in Delhi, however, did not materialize and the Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi herself had to step in to take the lead by declaring that if Modi becomes PM, the nation will be divided. The statement coming from the Congress party chief at this last moment of elections is nothing, but a clear act of accepting that the party has really run out of the real issues of governance and development and is banking heavily on adding the communalism factor to the elections otherwise being fought on development agenda.

Earlier also she met Shahi Imam Bukhari and ensured that he appeals to the Muslim community to vote for the Congress party. Fortunately, Muslim community also understands that, this is all politics and the Congress party has nothing concrete to offer to the voters.

Thirteen million Youth Congress workers who were part of the Rahul Gandhi’s young army, are found missing and majority of them has already migrated towards AAP or BJP during the last 2 years. Unlike previous elections when Youth Congress members would be unmistakably present at public meetings with organizational flags, running separate enclosures, taking out their own rallies, their presence and enthusiasm is missing this election.

There is one interesting story from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Some BJP leaders were searching for a venue in a local college to hold the election rally. When BJP leaders interacted with the college students and told them the purpose of their visit, the students clearly told them that this venue will not be able to accommodate the huge crowd of Narendra Modi.

College students, who were affiliated to various political parties, were all ready to support Modi, irrespective of their political affiliations. Several of them clearly told- “Off course, we represent different political ideologies even in our College Union elections, but on the issue of supporting Modi, we stand united.”

Such stories speaks about the ground reality of the entire political situation and the Congress and other regional parties are now reconciled to this fact that the next Government will, in all probability, will be led by Narendra Modi only.

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hemen parekh
What Could Arvind Do ?After 49 days in office , Arvind Kejriwal resigned as CM of DelhiSome people say , he is a " Bhagoda " ( an absconder ), who ran away from his responsibility to people of DelhiNow , if you were AK , what would you have done , if you were faced with the following situation ?> You have promised to people of Delhi , to root-out corruption> To this end , you have promised to pass Jan Lok Pal Bill> Business Rules of Central Government say , Delhi Government CANNOT introduce any bill which has financial implication / burden , without first seeking OK from the Lieutenant Governor ( LG ) to introduce the bill> Business Rules are " Un-Constitutional " , as per eminent jurists> But Congress Government at Centre , was NOT willing to drop these rules , despite a written request from Delhi Government> LG had no power to give a go-bye to the rules . His only option was to reject the introduction of the bill , if it was referred to him> Knowing this too well , Congress / BJP ganged up and insisted that AK must , first refer the bill to LG and introduce it in Assembly , only if approved by LGDid Arvind have any option other than to resign ?Now suppose , he throws up his hands and tells people of Delhi ," What can I do ? I tried my best but BJP / Congress would not let me introduce the bill , citing some un-constitutional rules Jan Lok Pal Bill must wait till , * AAP comes to power at the Centre and drops those Business Rules ( I admit , this is a most unlikely scenario ! ) * AAP government at Centre grants full Statehood to Delhi So , I have decided to forget the whole matter and continue as CM "Those very same people would have said ," What business you have to continue as CM , if you cannot fulfill your promises ? You are no different than those power-hungry politicians of BJP / Congress If you have any shame left , you must resign immediately "DEAR ARVIND ,Kuchh to log KahengeLogo ka kaam hain kahenaChhodo ye bekaar ki baanteKahin bit naa jaye rainaa ( - I mean , Mat-Ganana ! )* hemen parekh ( 22 April 2014 / Mumbai )
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