STRIDES PAST UPA

Let down by a gov­ern­ment that has squan­dered its man­date and hit by a mis­man­aged econ­omy, In­dia rises in anger to pro­nounce its sever­est in­dict­ment of UPA which trails be­hind NDA by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin. In­dia yearns for change.

India Today - - SIGNATURE - By S. Prasan­nara­jan

The evo­lu­tion of UPA has been on a de­scend­ing tra­jec­tory since the last Gen­eral Elec­tions but the ve­loc­ity of the fall has be­come life threat­en­ing. There is one glim­mer of hope: A re­vival of the Congress in Kar­nataka. This up­ward blip is com­par­a­tively a small con­so­la­tion. Ev­ery­where else, as the IN­DIA TO­DAY- Nielsen Mood of the Na­tion poll shows, UPA, par­tic­u­larly the Congress, is shed­ding seats at a pace that might make them un­re­cov­er­able be­fore the next Gen­eral Elec­tions, tech­ni­cally sched­uled for early 2014. Six months ago, in our last poll, NDA, de­spite be­ing a much smaller al­liance, had nosed its way past UPA. That is de­vel­op­ing into a trend. NDA is now 15- 20 seats ahead, which is suf­fi­cient for a regime change in Delhi. Man­mo­han Singh, once an iconic global brand, seems to have passed his sell- by date.

The poll voices the anger of a peo­ple let down by UPA 2 which has given good gov­er­nance and na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity a brazen go- by. In­dia is im­pa­tient for change. If elec­tions were held to­day, it would be NDA’s come­back mo­ment. UPA, which at 171- 181 seats

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