Politics is an art of not learning from the past. NDA and BJP lost election in 2009 not because of any charisma Congress and its allies had, but because leaders of NDA were busy pulling down each other. Nothing has changed in last 4 years. They still get into the trap of congress and start defeating each other forgetting that they fight election against UPA and not against each other.
All official and unofficial spokesperson of Congress keep on challenging BJP to announce its prime ministerial candidate. To this reaction comes from BJP’s allies JD(U) and Shivsena. It is in the interest of congress that NDA should lock horn on this issue. Union minister and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, as quoted by a news paper, echo the similar view, “You don’t know the Congress. They want Modi to come to the central politics. They will be greatly benefited from that,” he said, explaining that anti-Modi forces out of fear would consolidate behind Congress as had happened in the 2004 general elections.
Modi is a popular leader of mass in Gujarat. How much wave he can create outside Gujarat is yet to be confirmed. On this ground all his competitors- Nitish Kumar and Shivraj Sinh Chauhan also fail. Thus, veteran L.K. Advani and out of focus Sushma Swaraj come in the race. The rational thinking should be to give the command to the one who is visionary, who can lead India come out of the current economic crisis.If we compare the ruling models of three state – Bihar, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as an alternative to UPA policies then it comes on surface that Nitish Kumar lacks the vision what both CMs of BJP ruled states have. After having ruled for eight years Bihar Chief Minister does a public meeting in Delhi to seek status of “Special State” for its state. A demand which in analogy goes to Jat & Gurjar reservation agitation. Special status and reservation are not the solutions and they never bring true “Inclusive development”.
Presently, 11 states have the special-status tag: the seven North-eastern States, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The special-state status governs Centre-state finances. It entails a state getting a bigger share of the Centre’s resource pie and significant excise duty concessions to help industrial development.
This support can help to a state which has wilful leadership. A leadership which makes policies for the entire society and not for a section of the societies. Most damage done by congress rule of over sixty years is that it always made policies in parts for different sections of society. Before framing a policy it fragments the society, finds out whom to pacify this time and draft the matter.
Let us try to come out of this exercise as a nation. The reason why Gujarat has remained communally peaceful in last 11 years is only because no separate thoughts are applied to pacify Hindus and Muslims in parts. The media managers who keep on beating trumpet of 2002 riots, do not analyse this fact, so the positive side of governance remains hidden.In march this year at India Today conclave, Modi put forward his vision of leading nation with well proven principles of economics. He reminded that the business of governments was not business. During his time Gujarat has harnessed more of the renewal energy to meet the power supply. A larger population is getting water to drink. The solutions which Rajasthan and Tamilnadu should have aggressively followed.
Providing subsidy is another way to bring inculcate inefficiencies. Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh had most of the natural resources on which they could prosper. Corrupt politicians and caste ridden society has made them “BIMARO” – the ailing state.
Chhatisgarh has made a good effort in last 10 years by transforming coal reserve to electricity and become power hub of the nation. It is the government which has to provide solutions and not cry for the help. Had Nitish tried to introspect, why are industrialists not investing in his state and had he tried to provide solution, Bihar could have been a role model.
How are grants earned in return of supporting a minority government at centre used can be seen in Uttar Pradesh. The money is wasted on expenses like salaries of bloated staff or grandiose projects to put statues and make parks or distribute some gadgets instead of making higher education free.
What India needs today is aggressive approach to grow like Gujarat and inclusive model for semi urban and rural like Madhya Pradesh. Along with an honest will to get corruption free.