Despite the hiccups in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, BJP’s landslide win in Gujarat has, once again, shown that Narendra Modi is to the ballot box what Amitabh Bachchan is to the box office: a guarantor of blockbuster success.
There is little doubt that the PM’s emphasis on development rather than the populist doling out of freebies was largely responsible for the lotus party’s thumping victory in the state. But the Opposition, as represented by AAP and Congress, helped in adding impetus to the saffron juggernaut by failing to provide a united front and splitting whatever anti-incumbency votes there might have been, making victory a shoo-in for BJP.
Time and again the Opposition has been more in opposition to itself than to its ostensible electoral adversary. The result is that the dance of democracy – a choreographed tango for two, or more – only too often turns into a tangled tug-of-war within the Opposition, giving BJP a walkover. This makes for poor politics, in that an effective Opposition is essential for a healthy democracy.
Moreover, in that elections have become a spectator sport as keenly watched as IPL matches, it makes for onlooker tedium, like watching minnows being trounced by a whopping big whale. Another win for Team Modi? So, what’s new?
In the spirit of true sportsmanship, and in the larger interests of democracy as well as viewer entertainment, PM Modi and his trusted lieutenant, Amit Shah, might consider giving a few informal training classes to their electoral contenders on how to win friendly allies and influence polls.
Online coaching sessions to this end might be modelled along the lines of the much-publicised JEET tutorials which help students pass exams, and be deemed a public service.
Such a gesture of goodwill would also chime with the PM’s mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. To the extent that the ‘Sab’ necessarily includes the Opposition, the opportunity of ‘Vikas’ should also be extended to them by giving them a tip or two on how to improve their performance.
So why not give Rahul, a helping Hand, and Kejri, a nudge of AAPward mobility?
This article is intended to bring a smile to your face. Any connection to events and characters in real life is coincidental.
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