Salman, Katrina, Anna and Dhoni are tipped to shine on
In the end, the winner from BJP in 2014 has to be a leader who has the potential to come closer to the golden record set by Vajpayee. As the poll proves, Vajpayee may be invisible but he continues to be an enduring as well as endearing presence in Indian politics. In the prime ministerial hall of fame, he is second only to Indira Gandhi.
BJP’s challenge is to keep the momentum and find a prime ministerial candidate. Such variables have opened the door for another strong claimant, another apostle of development politics, whose success in undoing the badland legacy of Bihar has made him the most popular non- BJP prime ministerial candidate within NDA. Nitish Kumar is on the rise. He is aware of the limits of his party’s influence in national affairs. But he also understands that credibility can compensate for numbers. His reputation is bigger than the size of his party.
Even though the poll highlights the unequal showdown between the Big Two ( BJP winning 150- 160 seats against the Congress’s 125- 135) in Battleground 2014, the performance of other parties outside both alliances shows marked improvement on their 2009 tally ( 163- 173 as against their 2009 tally of 125). Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa have kept their fiefs free of encroachers, in spite of their far from exemplary record in governance and tolerance for dissent. Both are UPA- averse at the moment. For Banerjee, the relationship with Congress is entirely based on convenience. If NDA crosses the 200- mark in 2014, the two ladies will fill the numbers gap. Jagan Mohan Reddy, anti- Congressism’s newest star in the South, and Naveen Patnaik, a former friend of BJP whose popularity remains intact in Odisha, are also NDA’s possible post- election allies.
Will India get the change that it is desperate for? A country fed up with politics- as- usual is making up its mind. The direction is evident, but there is still some way to destination. Hell hath no fury like the Indian voter scorned.
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