May 16th will be marked in the political timeline as the day that experienced the fall of the oldest political party of India. Truth be told, the debacle was right in front of our eyes. One did not need a day to announce it. Otherwise, how else could the votes of two-third majority of Indians be in favor of one man and his party?
The way BJP succeeded in uprooting the Congress dynasty’s foothold in the state of Uttar Pradesh, that accounted for almost 80 seats in Lok Sabha was remarkable. The ability to secure 71 seats in total was far more than what Congress had achieved overall. The mortifying fact was so, that now BJP did not need to form a coalition government owing to Congress’s low number of seats in the parliament.
So what exactly brought upon Congress’s debacle? Was it the Saffron party’s dominant political campaigns, or Narendra Modi’s speeches delivered in a charismatic way? Or was it simply Congress’s lack of organizing the elections and putting forward an inexperienced name in the face of Rahul Gandhi as their Prime Ministerial candidate?
The answers were discussed and re-discussed on almost all media platforms for a period of over almost twelve months. When the parties were sketching their political agendas and devising plans for elections, many minds had already predicted what the result would be.
To begin with, Congress had been banking upon three points that were also seen voicing by Rahul Gandhi in his much talked about interview with Arnab Goswami. Those were: The introduction of RTI (Right to Information) act, women’s issues and the involvement of youth in their governance. Apparently the three points proved to be a failure where the women’s safety was at a stake owing to the escalating number of crimes, and the involvement of youth in the party was rendered useless when Rahul was refrained from owning the responsibility of Congress’s performance in the 2014 elections.
The question however still persists. How would the average Indian eye view the election result? As the rise of BJP, or as the downfall of Congress? Since both are true, it is the man Narendra Modi who turned the table for Congress. The ground had already been shaking because of the number of corruption charges that the government was accused of. Plus, the Congress’s Prime Ministerial candidate lacked the efficiency to deliver what its party sketched. Also, the Indian economy was one of the primary targets this election and Modi’s speeches just added the little tinge that was needed. In his strong voice he slowly wavered Congress’s doom with the development model that he promised to inject in the country.
However, as much as people are swept by Narendra Modi’s charisma and have rooted Congress party out, the actual results are now awaited. The doom inflicted upon The Congress was not only to see a voluble Prime Mininster, but also experience the change. The majority voted for a change. A change, whether by the downfall of a party or after the establishment of another.