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The unique mandate of 2014 General Elections!
If one goes through the mandate of General Elections 2014, one would find this mandate is something special and unique. This perhaps never occurred ever since Independence! Thus one would be very anxious about the future course of 16th Lok Sabha!

On one hand, the Congress is marginalized to just 44 seats, the lowest ever. The party even failed to cross the bar where it can get its MP as the ‘Leader of Opposition.’ On the other hand BJP has got its highest ever mandate of 282 seats.

The interesting part is three regional parties AIDMK, TMC and BJD swept the elections in their respective states, achieving highest ever seats (for AIDMK its second highest). Collectively they got 91 seats yet no say in the formation of central government! This perhaps never happened. It also never happened that a national level party like BSP failed to open its account! The Congress too didn’t get seats in double digit in any state!

How this mandate can be defined? Is it strongly in favour of BJP? Is it also a mandate against blackmailing tactic of regional parties in central government functioning?

I can conclude that Indian voters this time have given a matured mandate, so the democracy of this country would function in true federal spirit. No monopoly and no blackmail!

NDA has a huge mandate in Lok Sabha, led by BJP with majority on its own! Yet it can’t have its monopoly because NDA is a minority in the upper house! It just has 64 seats in the house of 245 including 12 nominated members. Thus for every bill it requires support of regional parties that are not members of NDA!

If one count die-hard anti-BJP parties, their strength comes out to 107! That means NDA has the scope to get support from regional parties like AIDMK, BJD and others! That means despite getting majority in Lok Sabha, Modi government it has to depend on regional players. Post Lok Sabha elections the situation is such where central government can neither impose any of its whims on the state government nor the state governments ruled by regional parties can blackmail the central government by asking undue favours.

All the understanding has to be accomplished on give and take politics with better environment. State governments would need central assistance for the development of their respective states, at the same time central government seeks support of regional non-NDA parties for passage of its new policies! This is a better position.

Earlier either a single party got majority in both the houses or coalition got majority in the both houses! But the interesting situation like this never happened. Thus one can hope that better days are coming! In fact it's also learnt that PM Modi has already instructed PMO to treat all state governments equally irrespective of their allegiance as partners! Both Jayalaitha and Navin Patnaik have expressed their satisfaction with assurance from PM on co-operation.

Soon Mamata too is to meet the Prime Minister with the wish list for Bengal and hope she would be also satisfied with the Centres offerings! The friction between the Centre and state seems to be reducing and there could be a better partnership. This is definitely a good news in the national interest!

Of course one has to admit, that Indian voters are fast maturing and since last few years are delivering decisive mandate with a purpose and rider! Delhi Assembly results may be an aberration but had Arvind continued, it would had been perhaps in a better condition to deliver best governance!

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