Letters to the editor: Netting the votes

Updated: Dec 16 2013, 10:33am hrs
This is in reference to the editorial What voters want (FE, December 9). The result of the recently-concluded assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh may prove to be a turning point in Indian politics. The traditional vote-catching politics of poverty, identity, sops, populist schemes, discriminatory entitlement, etc, has failed to win voters who crossed all dividing lines in voting for the parties which had either a good record on development and governance or promised a change from the current rut. The substantial number of assertive young voters (in the age-group of 18-30) dont want doles but opportunities which help them stand on their own feet. The wave of anger against the Congress is not going to subside in Lok Sabha elections which are a few months away. Enthused by its stunning public-support in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party could become a motivated contestant in the Lok Sabha election. This makes BJPs task more difficult and calls for a credible plan of beating down inflation, helping growth speed up, all-round development and good governance which may convince the voters.

MC Joshi