Voters of Delhi have spoken what the nation has been wanting to speak for long. Delhi has given rise to a new kind of politics which, in due course, will certainly snowball into a major movement and change the course of Indian polity
The semi-finals of the next parliamentary polls in India have been fought. The results have been announced; the winners have been declared. Yet, the big news today isn't who won or who lost. The big news is that the country has won; the new generation of voters in the age group of 18-35 have won the elections. India has finally found the alternative it has been in quest of for the past 65 years and more.
The fact that emerged loud and clear is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to form governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgargh. But that is of least significance. Of much greater significance is the fact that traditional politics in India, which the nation has long been trying to defeat, has finally been defeated. And this has more than explicitly been displayed in the results of Delhi Assembly elections.
Voters of Delhi have spoken what the nation has been wanting to speak for long. Delhi has given rise to a new kind of politics which, in due course, will certainly snowball into a major movement and change the course of Indian polity.
The official statement issued by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — a party of the common people, for the common people and by the common people — pithily surmised the emerging dynamic. "The decimation of the ruling Congress party shows beyond doubt that there is yearning for change. Yet, the inability of the Bharatiya Janata Party to secure a majority shows the voters who want change are not satisfied with a mere substitute."
The sentiment has been further reiterated by Jayaprakash Narayan, former bureaucrat and leader of Lok Satta Party in Andhra Pradesh. Hailing the spectacular election debut of AAP in Delhi Narayan said, "The Delhi election results are the beginning of the end of traditional vote bank politics. And, it could mean the beginning of a different type of politics."
India's leading advertisement professional Santosh Desai feels, that the results of Delhi Assembly polls were compelling evidences of the crystallizing changes. In not voting for the presumptive option, the BJP, the anti-Congress voter has in a single action, rejected both mainstream national parties.
The results of the Delhi Assembly polls show that the new generation voters have completely rejected the traditional national parties — the Congress and the BJP; expressed their lack of confidence in both of them. In their perception, both Congress and the BJP are fundamentally two faces of the same coin. If they have rejected Congress party for being corrupt and inefficient, to them the BJP is no better.
The new generation voters, who want cleaner, more efficient and transparent governance, no longer feel that BJP can be the alternative. In matters of corruption, inefficiency and outlook the BJP is actually as bad or as good as the Congress. Hence, they felt compelled to reject the party (the BJP) too which has been promising the sky. Young India and India incorporate said 'No' to the BJP in absolute clear terms.
Congress was destined to lose and as was preordained the party suffered a complete rout in Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. It suffered defeats in Chhattisgargh as well. The party deserved the crush. But the BJP did not win either. It will be wrong to say that this party, which has been the root cause of India's woes for past five years and more, has won in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgargh.
In fact, BJP's victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgargh has been because of a default. The new generation voters of these three states of India had no other alternative which the voters in Delhi had. Had AAP been in the fray in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgargh BJP would not have won.
The BJP won in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgargh not because it was deemed as a better alternative to the Congress. It won because there was no alternative and people did not want to vote for the Congress which they felt had become synonymous to corruption, inefficiency and arrogance.
India also rejected the chocolate boy of the Congress — Rahul Gandhi. The generation of voters who overwhelmingly supported Rahul in 2009 has today shown that in him they repose no faith at all. Whatever his mother, Sonia Gandhi, and a few sycophants in the Congress may think of him, Rahul has been the biggest disappointment — someone running aimlessly and working to the detriment of his party and the nation. In Delhi, the BJP faced its Waterloo. It fell flat on its face when it faced the real challenge. Its lies to offer a cleaner governance failed to woo the young voters; Modi's charm did not work on an electorate who refused to see the BJP as an alternative.
The next parliamentary elections in India, are still over five months away. And it is a good enough time the nation has to nurse the alternative offered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). If the AAP can set up its shop in the whole of north India, the cow belt of India, we can safely predict that the government that will rule the nation for next five years till 2019 will certainly be a non-Congress and non-BJP one.
India is standing poised at the threshold of history. Let us ensure that this history is created.
The author is the Opinion Editor of Times of Oman