Monday, January 20, 2014
Modi sets the stage for polls
BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s vision may be clear, calculated, compact and concise that can be fulfilled if the opportunity is given to him by the people of the country, but how would he fulfill his vision is yet to be clarified by him? To talk tall is an easy thing but to translate it on the ground is too difficult. Narendra Modi is good at governance and he is also considered to be a development-oriented man. But at the same time, he has failed so far in removing the perception of hardcore Hindutva and tag of communal violence in 2002 from among the people. Narendra Modi at the party’s National Council meeting in Delhi has put his vision clearly before the people and set tone for electoral battle.He has rightly called the country needs action, and not acts. In his extempore speech, he has very orderly enumerated the number of works to be done if he is voted to power. The confidence of fulfilling all the promises made to the people appears true from his speech. Undoubtedly, Narendra Modi is a very good orator and the audiences he addresses have faith in him. He leaves no stone unturned in exploiting the failures of the Congress-led UPA government in the last 10 years in his favour. The crowd that spontaneously throngs to his public meetings in a very large numbers clearly reflects that the people have made up their mind to give a chance to him. He has been projected as above the party because most of the people appear to be voting for BJP so that Narendra Modi becomes PM of the nation. He is publicizing his Gujarat development model on wide scale. Though his Gujarat model of development may not be suitable on All India basis, the people are curious to know what type of development model he talks about. Narendra Modi also tried to air his OBC status and background of a tea hawker in train, and made mockery of Congress Party for not announcing Rahul Gandhi’s name as party’s prime ministerial candidate only to save him from the humiliation of the imminent defeat at the hands of person of lowly background like him. He alleged that Congress considers it beneath its leader’s prestige to fight elections against the man of lowly background. He alleged that Congress is party of elitists. Its leader comes from high family. Because of this the imminent defeat of the Congress party by the man of lower background like him in Lok Sabha elections is intolerable for it. With the official announcement of Rahul Gandhi as Congress Party poll campaign committee head and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s speech at National Council meeting, the stage is already set for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It is no matter whether Rahul Gandhi is made candidate for PM’s post by the Congress party in Lok Sabha elections or not, it is amply clear that if the Congress-led UPA got majority he will be its prime minister. So, the coming Lok Sabha elections will certainly be seen as straight fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi.