Second times the charm, but once again I would ask: Vajpayee has completely backed down from all the positions he took after the Parliament attack. WHY? He was the one who made loud noises about “Nirnayak Yudh”, sent a million troops to the border,and one crack of the whip from America and he was whimpering home like a coward. Pakistan did not back down ONE BIT from the position they took then, but Vajpayee has COMPLETELY backtracked. Another example of his “Geet Naya Likhta Hoon phir usko mitata hoon” attitude. How many times before have we seen this kind of flip-flop from this incompetent boob?
Hindutva bunk aside, whats the BJP focus on the past? The new mid-term budget looks pretty progressive and forward thinking
Ask any BJP
wallah as to why the power situation is so bad TODAY and they will instantly point to the mishandling for the past 55 years and other such bunk. Well the fact that power reforms were started by a Congress Govt 15 years before (which have now been run into the grund by te BJP
) doesnt seem to matter. Any problems are the fault of the Congress and any benefits that come from Liberalisation are because of the BJP
Even when they talk of the Congress they talk of what it WAS 35 years ago and use THAT as a reference to bash, not what it is today. In any case their constant invocations of Hindutva and a rabid manisfestation of it is enough of "past" anwyay.
What is the Congress take on economics? The COngress believes in taking liberalisation to the next level placing larger emphasis on Manufacturing. The COngress also believes in concentrating more on Social Indices like Health and Education and leaving Business to professionals. The Govt has no business running airlines and hotel chains and travel agencies. So the emphasis is on a lean-mean government that works with NGO
's on improving Social Parameters while providing the framework to allow private capital and entrepeneurs to develop our industry and commerce.
Most importantly, the Congress governs in a Secular Framework, meaning that there would be no place for anti-nationals like Togadia in India. So he better opack his bags and move back to the US!
Indianguy, the alcoholic who could not walk did lead his party to victory in the state elections in 3 states and unfortunately left the lady who personally campaigned in his dust. No wonder the congress is still trying to figure out what the hell went wrong. Guess they cannot figure out how an alcoholic non walker could outrun and outclass an energetic lady.
Before the state elections, The BJP
itself said that results of the state elections did not reflect on Vajpayee or his Govt. After the victory in 3 states their tune has changed somewhat!
The Congress failed to match the media blitzkrieg put up by the BJP
. Also the COngress was hampered by lack of allies while the BJP
had support of parties like Samata and even the SP
! All that has changed. The Working Committees have been reconstituted and more dynamic youngsters are being inducted. A media campaign is being planned and put into action. And if the congress decides to raise the issue of how Vajpayees foster son managed to acquire 2 dozen hotels in the past 5 years, and the corrupt deals between Advani’s daughter and certain media houses, things should get even more interesting! And Pramod Mahajan’s tales of corruption would require more a library and not just a White Paper!
Lets face it, The Congress of today is a very different political animal while the BJP
has metamorphosed into a grotesque version of yesterdays Congress.
Vajpayee has every reason to be worried. Last elections he had all the allies. This election most have deserted him and are flocking to the Congress. Take a look at the long list of allies who have deserted the communal NDA: The National Conference in Kashmir, the Dravidian block led by Karunanidhi in TN
even the Bengali tigress Mamata who is planning to leave by this month end! The NCP has also refused to ally with the BJP
. One key factor that the congress-bashers forget is that Sonia has herself said umpteen times and especially in her talks with allies now, is that the question is not of her becoming PM
. Only a person acceptable to the Secular Coalition will become PM
. And there are other leaders in the Congress who can take on that responsibility. Manmohan Singh, Shiela Dixit and others. Last time the secular forces did not fight together and even fought against each other benefiting the BJP
. This time they have gotten together. What is important now is to get together, form a common programme and fight the communal BJP
Congress faced the anti-incumbency factor the last time in the 3 states. Now the shoe is on the other foot. See the desperate sops handed out by the NDA govt yesterday? They were drafted and handed out in a hurry before the EC
steps in to stop the goodies from being handed out. It shows the fear, the desperation within the BJP
. The so called peace deal is all hogwash! This is merely an attempt to put another fake feather in Vajpayees cap before showing his face to the electorate.
BTW, bets are still open on how long this Peace is going to last and when another “Operation Parakram” will start!