Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
With the Samajwadi Party rising in clear majority, Mulayam Singh appears to be ‘cycling’ his way to the Chief Minister’s seat. As the polling ended in Uttar Pradesh on March 3 , various exit polls were conducted by media houses and they rightly pointed out that the S.P. was ahead in the race. But no one could predict that it would smash all its previous records, thus, forming an independent government in the state.
However, a bigger blow came to the successor of the Gandhi Dynasty,Mr Rahul Gandhi, who failed to convert the assembled crowd into his vote bank. Though , like a ‘warrior’ , he went on air accepting his defeat while congratulating Akhilesh Yadav on his phenomenal win . But, the outstanding win of the S.P. can neither be attributed to the young shoulders of Akhilesh Yadav nor his men ,but to the highly immature tactics of the other competing parties.
As one presses rewind, it is not difficult to figure how the Congress got slapped by its own ‘hands’, thus, forcing Mr Gandhi to throw up all that he had consumed during his trips to those several dalit households. All his hard work went down the drain by politically incorrect and poorly timed remarks coming from the ‘mature’ minds of the party. However, one needs to appreciate party’s unity when it came to insulating their ‘Yuvraj’ from the harsh realities of the big bad world outside considering the series of ministers starting from Mr Digvijaya Singh to Rita Bahuguna Joshi stepping forward to take the blame for their party’s dismal performance in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
But the waves of shock were bigger, especially, to party in power- Bahujan Samaj Party. No law of Newton or Einstien would be able to deduce as to how in the collision of the ‘cycle’ and the ‘elephant’ , Yadav escaped all injuries while Mayawati lay flat on the ground grabbing seats just above 75. However, political pundits predicted the chanting of anti-incumbency mantras by the voters. The acidic reports of the Lokayukta , shortly before the elections appear to have driven Mayawati out of her Chief Ministerial seat . The amount of money spent on the building of statues and parks and scams revolving around the party,appear to have contributed to the rising hostility between voters and the party.
For Bharatiya Janata Party , U.P. elections appeared to be a tough call right from the exit poll results to that of today’s. The reasons for its defeat are many. One of the most important factors was the declaration of Uma Bharti as the captain in the electoral field of U.P. who otherwise is currently seen as an outsider within the party. Another contributing factor could be listed in the form of a low key campaign and friction between the senior party leaders with the non- participation of Narendra Modi in the electoral campaign.
But all these excuses cannot steal the credits from the news breakers of the day- the Samajwadi Party. Under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, the party not just managed to win back the Muslim vote bank that they had lost in 2007 but also grabbed the Chief Ministerial seat of the state of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time since 1989. The colours of Holi will certainly appear brighter and glossier as Mulayam Singh Yadav will wear his lost crown once again.
However, the only fear holding back the breath of voters and public in general, is the return of ‘gundaraj’ within the state, that had slightly reduced under the governance of Mayawati. This however is debatable as a lot of people construed Mayawati’s reign as equally replete with crime.
But, in the end, it would be unfair, if I fail mention the people who bothered to come out of their homes in the not-so-comfortable weather to participate in the most important event of democracy- voting. And the election results definitely force me to say these words out loud – ”yeh public hai, sab janti hai”. Till then lets ride our cycles to the several parks in order to cover the elephants, shall we?