The UP-election results have sowed the seed for political direction for the next five years. It is now widely believed that results for the 2024 elections, the writing is on the wall. Surprisingly, instead of learning from the electoral loss, opposition parties continue to lose the plot.
The plot is development and economic growth matter the most to an Indian voter. The voters are intelligent. To presume that voters are polarized is to challenge their wisdom. Yogi’s method is unconventional but the results are striking. By bringing positive changes in improving the law and order environment in the state, UP emerged as one of the most investor-friendly states. The change for the better was visible and UP voters extended support to the new leaf in UP’s economic revitalization. The basis for Yogi Adityanath’s resounding victory is the development on the ground and his support for standing for the Hindu cause. Post 9/11 and the burning of the train at Godhra, Hindus are voting for a party that guarantees safety and security. The Yogi government gave them both.
The UP-election result has left Congress and all other political parties aghast and deeply disturbed. They see no future; their cadres are demoralized. In frustration, they have started exerting pressure wherever they are in power. This is resulting in misuse of the executive. The executive has over the years failed to live as a pillar of our democracy. Most often than not, the Indian executive is meekly surrendering to political pressure. It began with the arrest of Arnab Goswami on false charges and most recently by the recent arrest of a sitting MP on her political posturing of reciting Hanuman Chalisa in front of CM House.
For the first time, Arvind Kejriwal had a police force under him and his party’s vindictive functioning became apparent when FIR are lodged and an attempt to arrest has been made against Aam Admi party veteran turned poet Kumar Vishwas and the arrest drama of Tajinder Bagga. From the Maharashtra government in the west to the Punjab government in the North to Bengal government in the east, there is an attempt to misuse whatever straw of power the opposition is left with.
The most recent multiple FIRs and attempt to arrest noted Journalist Aman Chopra by the Congress government of Rajasthan is another attempt to murder the democratic rights of free speech that our constitution provides. Of course, the right is not absolute but while registering an FIR and moving forward to making an arrest, the Indian executive needs to be more restrained. Our nation is too big and strong to be endangered by a tweet or comment of a politician or journalist or a common citizen.
The opposition should realize that if Anna Hazare was not arrested, AAP would not be what it is today. Similarly, if L K Advani was not arrested, BJP would not be what it is today. Unwanted arrests create sympathy for the victim and can change the course of politics which in the current scenario means a further electoral loss in small pockets that the opposition holds. In a nutshell, by playing this dirty game of arrests, the opposition is putting the final nail in her own coffin.