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The curtains were drawn on the 15th Lok Sabha elections yesterday after the results were announced. Expectedly, UPA will retain power at the centre. What surprised however was the way Manmohan Singh & Co. mustered numbers for Congress with consummate ease. 205 seats is something which even die hard Congress fans were not expecting. With only 19 seats short of majority, the alliance of Grand Old party of India is all set to retain power with support of some smaller parties and a few independents.

If you ask me, I personally wanted BJP to win. But a choice between Manmohan and LK Advani rolled the dice in favor of the former. The results are significant in current scenario when India along with the rest of the world is going through tough times. A Third Front (or an nth Front government) at the centre, a la Deve Gowda regime in 1998 or a Charan Singh government post emergency in 1979, would have resulted in unstable government and power games in the Parliament, with actual issues relegated to the backseat. A stable government at the Centre ensures pro-reformist measures, tackling of real issues, possibly a revival of D street in Mumbai and importantly for us, no political upheaval at the end of 2009 when PGPM goes for placements.

Significant results

  • Congress gets past 200, after 19 years
  • Expect the fifth generation of Late Mr. Motilal Nehru to take over centre stage anytime soon in the form of Rahul Gandhi
  • End of Advani era in BJP. But who next…Narendra Modi? My guess is as good as yours
  • Lalu, Paswan routed in their stronghold Bihar
  • Nano moves out of Bengal but drives Mamata in
  • Prakash Karat and his dogmatic leftist policies leaves CPM high and dry
  • Naveen Patnaik(Orissa), Karunanidhi(TN) and YS Rajashekhara Reddy(AP) do well riding on a  pro-incumbency wave

Key states

Uttar Pradesh: Rahul proves his mettle
UP is considered the most sought after state in India with maximum number of seats. There is an old saying: ‘The one who rules UP, rules Delhi’. Rahul Gandhi decided to go alone in UP without any alliance. His perennial visits to poor households and hunger strike paid. Drama or not…I don’t know. But after 25 years, Congress got back its Dalit and Muslim vote bank which resulted in 21 seats. Significant numbers huh!! Mayawati caved in under anti incumbency factor. And Mulayam was fighting with no real issues at hand.

Maharashtra: Raj Thackeray – Baazigar
‘Haar ke jeetne waale ko baazigar kehte hain’: Shahrukh tells Kajol during their first meeting in the famous 1993 Bollywood blockbuster. I never quite understood the meaning of the insipid dialog then. Now, I guess, I do. Raj Thackeray’s MNS did not win even a single seat, but ensured BJP-Shiv Sena combine pay for not his ouster from Shiv Sena. Raj quotes a dialog from Amar Akbar Anthony after election results with an obvious reference to his cousin Uddhav – ‘tum apun ko itna maara. Apun tumko sirf do maara…par kya solid maara maloom’. BJP-Shiv Sena vote bank got divided with Raj’s MNS. Congress-NCP combine won 25 of 48 seats and significantly, won all six constituencies in Mumbai.

Delhi: We love you Shiela
Delhi BJP state unit needs to do some serious introspection. HT says: “Delhiites seem to have fallen in love with Sheila Dixit”. Not without a reason though. BJP draws a blank. And a clean sweep for Conngress – 7-0.

Bihar: Perform or Perish
While we were watching election results on NDTV before running for our International Business quiz, Varun Jha told me – ‘Ladke ne kaam kiya hai Bihar mein’  with an obvious reference to the CM. Good governance pays. What Manmohan did at the centre, Nitish did in Bihar. Ensuring a landslide victory for BJP-JD(U) combine, he clearly showed that if you perform, you will be rewarded. Lalu -Paswan got what the rest of the country was hoping for. Three seats for RJD (down from 24 last time) and a big ZERO for Paswan’s Lok Janshakti party. The humiliating part is both lost from the constituencies they were contesting from. Lalu managed to win one at Saran beating loud-mouthed Rajiv Pratap Rudy of BJP.

Andhra Pradesh: Glamour downloaded
AP along with Rajasthan tilted the balance in Congress’s favor. YSR defied the anti incumbency wave getting 33 seats for Congress. Glamour downloaded with Chiranjeevi’s Prana Rajyam Party not managing even a single seat. Sad to see Chandrababu Naidu failing again.

West Bengal: Bengalis gift to the rest of the country
Prakash Karat tried his level best that India does not take a step forward in the last five years. The hopeless handling of Rizwanur murder case and unnecessary violence in Nandigram and Singur ensured CPI(M) not finishing at the top of the table in WB after 30 years, winning only 15 of 42 seats. A change of guard was inevitable. Mamta Banerjee’s politics on Nano paid off. Mr. Ratan Tata surely won’t be a happy man.

Rajasthan: Maharani’s after effects
Another state which turned the tide in favor of UPA. BJP continues to pay for sins committed by Vasundharaje Scindia during her tenure as Chief Minister. After their debacle in assembly elections last years, they lost badly in Lok Sabha elections as well winning only 4 of 25 seats.



The election results will ensure a stable government at the Centre. But I sincerely hope that Congress adopts a complete pro-reforms policy. And liberalization moves in a fast forward mode now. Hope not to see any further reservations in educational institutes or any talk of reservations in private sector. Late Pramod Mahajan had aptly said once, “We take pride in being the world’s largest democracy. We need to be the world’s most efficient democracy”

I would like to end this post with my dream cabinet:

Prime Minister: Manmohan Singh
Home Minister: P Chidambaram
Defence Minister: Pranab Mukherjee
Finance Minister: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
HRD Minister: Rahul Gandhi

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