Friday, 15 May 2009

UPA wins: Victory for secularism in Indian elections!

The Indian electorate delivered a strong message by rejecting the 'communal' BJP and voting for the 'secular' Congress-led UPA.

LK Advani's dream to become Prime Minister ends with the dismal show of NDA in the Lok Sabha election.

The BJP's plank of terrorism fell flat, as voters handed over a convincing victory to the Congress. The BJP that was harping on terrorism and had been pushing tainted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a strong leader, failed to gauge the public mood.

The apparently divisive and communal agenda of the party that often seemd to spoke in dual voices, didn't go down well with the people. While in State Assemblies (Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa), the UPA didn't perform as well, the voters exercised their franchise differently for the Lok Sabha.

For the centre, the citizens voted for Congress. This will send the BJP (and the RSS) into introspective mode. After the terror attacks and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the BJP had pushed the agenda of Hindutva and nationalism, but it failed to get the confidence of the Indian voters.

Even it couldn't capitalise on the anti-incumbency against the PM Manmohan Singh's government. Regional parties like RJD and BSP are not going to play as important a role as they played in the past. Even the Left has received setbacks.

In all, it's clearly a vote for the Congress.

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