Approximately one year remains, the judgement day for the Modi led NDA government at the centre inches closer and closer. The RSS mentored Hindutva brigade has been successful in saffronising the majority of the states slowly but surely, ever since it came to power in 2014. But then Karnataka happened and all hopes of the Bharatiya Janata Party cruising to an easy landslide victory in 2019 reminiscent of the 2014 heroics of Modi, looks to be in hot waters.
Things look gloomy for the Indian National Congress too. Once considered as the mainstay of the Indian political scene, the party is currently facing financial crunch and most importantly it is losing the trust of the people. Sonia Gandhi, the erstwhile President of the party after handing over the reins to her son, Rahul Gandhi seems to have lost all the aura surrounding her leadership. The main cause of the downfall of the party was the scams that the party was involved in.
But things have hardly changed, even with a different government at the centre, in 2018. The ‘Ache Din’ fiasco and all the hue and cry surrounding it, were political gimmicks by Modi for moulding ‘Public Opinion’ in the wake of propaganda based politics at the outset of the 2014 General elections. Petrol prices are still skyrocketing and common people of the country still have an awful lot of problems to deal with, the problems which the BJP had said it would look into. Many would argue that the 4-year term is insufficient to judge the successes of a political party but the ugly truth is that this time period gave definitive omens for all the things that are yet to come. The success of the Note Ban, Revised taxation Structure aka GST, to name a few, in the grand scheme of things all seemed to have vanished in thin air. Frauds are still happening, black money is still being laundered.
However, cases of communal violence, frequent riots, lynching, moral policing by Hindutva groups seems to have increased tenfold; with the RSS (with obvious support from the NDA government) openly being the mastermind behind all of the aforementioned cases. ‘‘Today when the fanatic RSS guides the government in the appointment of teachers, librarians and heads of academic institutions, there is little hope for merit to take over.’’ , said eminent journalist Kuldip Nayar in one of his columns. “The danger to the nation is from those who think that since the country has 80 percent Hindu population, they have the rights to rule”, he added.
On its own Congress doesn’t have the means or the numbers to pose a threat to the BJP. Modi looks well on course to return to power in 2019. However the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee confesses of being in constant contact with the ex-Congress President, Sonia Gandhi with the optimism of forming a Federal coalition government along with the governments from the non-BJP ruled states in the hopes of overthrowing Modi from his throne. And going by the recent elections in Karnataka, the opposition will go to any means possible to make this happen. The situation was the contrary just a few months ago after the elections in Meghalaya where the BJP had won. They succumbed to their very own tactics this time around.
Whether BJP will continue to rule the roost or whether a federal government will take over in 2019 - only time will tell.