Some people have been asking me this.
Short answer : I am in a hell of a good mood 🙂 The 11th of March can’t come fast enough.
Remember folks, this IS the “honeymoon period”, so to say. This run up to the victory when you can see the liberals squirming in their chairs, throwing up their hands in frustration and writhing in pain as they sense the advancing Modi tsunami.
Once the victory comes, the liberals will be back to business, blaming Modi and BJP for all and sundry. They might not even wait for the BJP to install a CM in Uttar Pradesh before they start criticizing the new Uttar Pradesh “government”. After all, Narendra Modi was roundly criticized for a power cut in Delhi shortly after May 16 … and BEFORE he was even sworn in as PM!
So, this week will be the BJP’s best week for a long time to come. After that, it is back to the usual mundane hand to hand combat on social media. Is the BJP’s new CM in Uttar Pradesh anti-Muslim or anti-mango or anti-apple or whatever? These will be the new “issues of the day” in the media. By having a Hindu name, is he/she insulting other religious communities? By walking on two legs, is he trying to show insensitivity to rights of animals that walk on four legs? Prepare to get criticized for breathing.
So, I intend to enjoy this week and so should you 🙂
Now, I put Punjab in the title so I have to say something about them. My hunch is that AAP is ahead and I have said that before. When AAP wins, it sweeps … and so if they sweep Malwa, it is hard to see how they would fall short of their own majority.
But it will be really fun if AAP falls short by about 10 seats and has to lean on the Congress to make up for the shortfall. The AK49 of 2014 has matured now. Will Kejriwal bite the bullet and actually form a coalition government with Congress ministers and everything? I wanna know… I really wanna know!
I am curious about Manipur. I wish it would get some more coverage in the so called “national media”. Anyone here have a clue which way Manipur is going? Right now the BJP is enjoying a wave in the North East and generally showing Midas Touch overall, so I would still bet on the BJP. If you ask me, Manipur is actually very significant, because it is totally new territory for the party. It will hit the morale of “secular forces” very hard, because Modi’s “Ashwamedha Yagya” across all the provinces of India will be staring them in the face.
But I have been reading reports in the media about how Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s trick to play off the Nagas against the Meeteis is working. It should also be noted that the tone of these articles is that of general admiration for the Congress successfully adopting a “divide and rule” policy. If the BJP polarizes, they are immoral scum. If the Congress is polarizing, it is just Chanakya Neeti.
The BJP will also face interesting leadership tangles in Goa and Uttarakhand. In Goa, I actually don’t think Parsekar has done a terrible job of leading the party. But if Parrikar wants his perch back in Panaji, the BJP should let him have it. The distinguishing feature of the BJP is its ability to nurture regional leaders. For a while, the BJP got jittery about Goa. This would never have happened if Parrikar had been in charge. Regional leaders are the life blood of BJP. Their three new finds are Fadnavis, Sonowal and Raghubar Das.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP will face a stiff challenge choosing a good clean CM. Uttarakhand has been a yo-yo state swinging between BJP and Congress. It is time for a CM who can break this cycle. Regrettably, the best man for the BJP is B C Khanduri, who is well past 100 years old at this point (?) This is not a man on whom the party can stake its future. Finding a clean CM (emphasis on clean) is objective no. 1. That’s because the BJP in Uttarakhand has become engorged with the most corrupt people in the country… most of them invited in from the Congress. Here Modi has to make a surprising choice, someone who can marginalize these undesirable elements.
Beyond this, we know that March 11 may turn Modi into India’s most powerful PM in decades (he already is… this is more of a super booster shot). In fact, he will have as much political capital as he had on May 16, 2014. The question is how he will use all this accumulated political capital. A new lease of life for the Land Acquisition Bill? That’s on top of my wishlist. Any negative fallout of such a move can perhaps be countered with a new round of surgical strikes.
By the way, I forgot to tell you folks that I am a lover of cats. And cats are wildly popular on the internet, so I thought I’d tell you how I feel by means of cats:
Here is me awaiting election results from Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
And here I am, waiting for results from Punjab.