The state assembly election results for five states namely Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur were declared yesterday and have proved to be an holocaust for Congress. In fact the Congress’s Prime-ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi took up the cudgels in right earnest to have a real impact on U.P.’s election scene and be firmly in seat of power eventually. The thinking was right , the method also appropriate . The near absence of Congress as a political force while it being the state of high importance besides being Nehru-Gandhi family’s declared home state and political strong-hold historically, the Rahul could have easily made inroads. He labored hard enough like his Great Grand Father but lacked the political and social understanding like him.
The sacrifice of whatever kind has been there by him for the people also has been taken not so much for love of people as much as for his own career in politics. His bad luck ran against him also in the form of Akhilesh , the Samajwadi Party’s new face who some how gave impression of being a son of the soil along with some new ideology to guide the party that has got entrenched at grass root level. Maya , the out going chief minister still keeps cornered the Dalits’ (earlier called the Harijans ) votes for good which were in Congress’s pocket to keep Jan Sangh (now BJP) out. The favor of Muslims also got shifted to Mulayam once the Congress’s attitude of not doing something special for them became apparent while it enjoyed their non-stinted support for many years in early days of independence. However , eventually Mulayam would also lose their support as nothing concrete seen specially done for Muslims can be done by his party. The Upper-Castes are fewer in numbers and also don’t have loyalty to single party as they remain at the top of each party as leaders for the sake of providing help in governance.
The budget would not be any different than Pranabda’s earlier budget. The market has been weaker due to the election outcome but its going to be forgotten before long.