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The chasm between words and deeds of BJP
"When everything is coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane."....Tom Snyder

The lane is often wide, smooth, stately and luxurious. It might be long also but it does always come with a dangerous bend. Success is a heady wine and greed of power makes you stop at nothing. The audience may be bombarded with flowery words and palliating discourses where all good things are said soon after a victorious occasion. In the moments of victory one can afford to be generous or at least appear to be.

So, it was nice to hear all the flattering statements that were made by the Prime Minister of India on March 12 at the celebrations for the outsized results in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Let us not talk about Punjab's defeat of SAD-BJP conglomerate. In New Delhi, on 11thOct, 2015, Mr. Modi had described Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, the ex- Chief Minister of Punjab as "Nelson Mandela of India" during the 'Loktantra Prahari Abhinandan.' The occasion was the 113th birth anniversary celebration of the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan.

The so-called 'Nelson Mandela of India' had to abdicate his fiefdom after a long time this week. He is leaving legacy of Punjab where 73.5% of Punjab's youth is addicted to drugs.Let us also forget about Badal's grand family business empire.

In his speech, PM Modi thanked the voters of the five states whose results were declared yesterday. As expected at such melodious occasions, he promised: "The BJP government is for those who have voted, (and) not voted for the party... no government has the right to discriminate. People are with or against some party only till the time of voting. Now, the UP government belongs to the people of UP. We have reached this position after hard work by four generations...winning requires us to be more humble. A tree may grow tall, but it can bend if it bears lots of fruit. We may makes mistakes, but we will always be well-intentioned. We will work our hardest," he said (his punishing schedule is well-acknowledged), adding that, "I am the first PM who is often asked about working so hard. We will always serve the people."

I'd often read that most of the Prime Ministers have obligation to work hard. Mr. Modi is no exception.

The PM too suggested that he is drafting his agenda for a second term, highlighting that progress on key areas must be delivered "by 2022 - when the country would be celebrating 75 years of independence."

Let us recall the 8th General Elections 1984 when Congress alliance (Congress and AIADMK) had secured 416 seats (50.7% vote share). Congress alone got 404 seats with 49.01% vote share. Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India and he still remains as the youngest PM in the history of Independent India. He had taken a lot of initiatives to modernize and improve the telecom sector, education sector, technology sector. He improved the relationship with US.

He also wanted to improve the relationship with neighboring countries and to reduce the tension. He wanted to reduce the License Raj regime. He was trying to get Mr Clean image in the governance. When he started his job as PM, he brought lot of hopes to the Indians. However, his 'achche din' began to fade with the major controversies and challenges like Bhopal Gas tragedy, Coup in Maldives, anti sikh riots, Srilankan Tamil issue, Shah Banu Case etc.

He was also accused of allowing Warren Anderson, to leave the country after the Bhopal Gas tragedy (Dec 1984). We have the latest escape story of Vijay Malya on record these days to BJP's credit..

Prime Minister Rajiv had sincerely attempted to resolve Srilankan Tamil problems through "Rajiv Gandhi - Jayawardane accord". He was assassinated in 1991 by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

To cut the story short, because of the frequent changes in the appeasement, both Hindu and Muslim voters stopped putting their trust in Rajiv Gandhi. In the process, he lost heavily the 1989 elections and could not form the Government. Even in the earlier regimes, Congress leaders had played communal politics to woo voters in the name of 'secularism'. But during Rajiv Gandhi's time, communal politics was played openly to woo the Hindu and Muslim voters simultaneously.

Success and power both are illusive and transient. And as Prime Minister Narendra Modi did mention on March 12 that a tree may grow tall, but it can bend if it bears lots of fruit. We may make mistakes, but we will always be well-intentioned.

However, from the very first day after the realization of victory, the BJP, in its thirst to devour more and more than what it can chew, is using the same tactics that Congress Party had often used in past,

In Goa, the BJP has won only 13 seats while Congress has won 17 seats. If we believe in what Mr Modi says that a tall tree could be bent if it bears lot of fruits, the convention demands that the Goa governor should had invited the largest single party first to form the government.

It has no remorse that most of the ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Goa were defeated including chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar who lost his sitting seat Mandrem in the Assembly polls. Six of the eight ministers who were in the fray lost the polls to their rivals, adding to the poor performance of the BJP. Its senior leader and forest minister Rajendra Arlekar lost to MGP's Manohar Asgaonkar in Pernem constituency. The newly-formed Goa Forward Party dealt a double blow to the BJP as its candidates unseated two senior ministers in the outgoing cabinet.

It this back drop BJP has no moral right to capture the power again from the back door.

The same story is being repeated in Manipur. There we find the BJP trapping the Naga People's Front (NPF), which has won four seats. The Manipur assembly election was a close race between the two mainstream parties- BJP and the Congress. The required number is 31 out of 60 assembly seats to form the government. The Congress got the highest number of seats as it secured 28 seats, followed by BJP's 21 seats. The LJP managed to bag one seat while NPP secured 4 seats. But here also the fruit bearing tree is refusing to bend.

"We are confident of forming the next government in Manipur. The NPP has won four seats, LJP has won one seat. Even though we have fought separately we are hopeful that they will join us as they are our partners in the NDA government. we will talk to the TMC and Independent candidates also," BJP leader N Biren, told reporters.

There is a many a slip between the cup and the lips; there is a big chasm between words and deeds, The defeated Empress of BSP would be a sure witness that 'Hathi ke daant khane ke aur hote hain, dikhane ke aur hote hain.' Elephant has two set of teeth. One set for the show-off and another set to chew.

Let us learn from history. It neither forgives nor forgets!

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