I had to look this up. The Rajya Sabha was constituted on April 3, 1952 and held its first ever sitting on May 3 of the same year. That day, the Congress party was the largest party in the Upper House of Parliament.
From that day until August 3, 2017 … a near unbelievable 65 years at a stretch, the Congress party continued to be the largest political party on the floor of the Rajya Sabha.
It changed yesterday. As of now, the BJP has 58 members in the Lok Sabha and the Congress only 57.
These numbers don’t make me happy as much as they make me worry. You know I have that one friend who is a diehard Congress supporter. Everyone has that one friend, right?
And that one friend is not perturbed even today with the numbers being what they are. He is confident the Congress will come back. Because it always did.
I would like to believe my friend is being silly. But is he? Statistically speaking, he appears to be on much more firm ground than I am. We are the ones working on hope … he is the one basing his conclusions on unimpeachable hard evidence from the last 65 years of the Indian Parliament.
He’s not wrong when he tells me that the Congress party is the most successful political party in the history of the world. Can you really argue when you realize they have held on to the No. 1 position in the Rajya Sabha for 65 years running?
I know everybody is psyched about 2019 right now and how Modi is going to make a roaring comeback. I even made a screenshot of Nitish Kumar’s face … while he asks a reporter : “Is there anyone else who can conceivably win?”
But I’ll say this. I’m deeply worried. Underestimating the Congress is about the worst mistake anyone can make.
With the NDA forming a government in Bihar, lots of online RW are proudly sharing this new political map of India with the saffron empire spread all over it.
If you ask me, the lesson we should take from this map is how quickly everything can change again over the next four years!
No time to breathe easy. It is important to realize the historic nature of the task that Modi has set himself to do. He is doing something that has never ever happened in the history of the Republic : replacing the Congress as the dominant party.
GST? Done! Tax collections are soaring. See the reports about the sea change in the middle class, which has abandoned its historic “super safe” approach to savings and is now investing in markets big time. With the taxation system becoming clear and the Income Tax Department pushed to sweep the country clean of dirty money… by 2018-19 the government of India will be sitting on a pile of surplus cash with no parallel in our history.
But, the banks are still burdened by the bad loans made in the Manmohan era, which is why the credit and investment cycle is not picking up. Without investment, we can’t have big job numbers and soaring headline GDP figures.
Imagine handing over this pile of cash into the eager hands of a slimeball like Chidambaram in the summer of 2019. Anybody can see what will happen next : the Congress will open the purse strings and let this accumulated cash flow out in terms of massively populist welfare schemes (along with hefty commissions for its leaders).
As per their scorched earth policy, Chidambaram left Modi a nation of banks drowning in debt. Imagine leaving behind to Chidamabaram a mountain of cash to spend in the name of Sonia Gandhi ABC Yojana in 2019!
The hard work of the Vajpayee government was harnessed into the high growth of the UPA 1 years.
Can the nation afford to let Modi go the same way?
The stakes here are the highest they have ever been. In 2014, the Congress came close to being eliminated from the map of India. Whatever ruthlessness they showed in the UPA years, their revenge will be ten times as much if they get to come back in 2019. The NGO mafia, the conversion mafia and Bangladeshi illegals will be used to flood this country and dissolve its demography once and for all. Last time the UPA made only a sporadic effort to create a ghost of “Hindu terror” by arresting like half a dozen people under false accusations … this time they will do it by the thousands.
Yes, the election of 2019 is coming. Honestly, for the next two years, it does not matter how the Congress ranks are broken through Amit Shah’s political manipulation. Only winning matters. Because there is just too much at stake here.