BJP trounces AAP in MCD polls
BJP is on a winning streak and it looks simply unstoppable. Its latest victory in the elections for all the three municipal corporations of Delhi by a wide margin cannot be accounted for without bringing in the “Modi worship syndrome” currently sweeping the country and the innate Hindutva leanings of a significant section of the population. Modi’s charisma is not independent of his life-long espousal of Hindu nationalism. Delhiites who voted for the AAP, right after the Anna movement, to power with a massive majority just a couple of years ago have now chosen to forget the rampant corruption dogging BJP-run corporations for a decade and the Hindutva agenda being vigorously pursued through the length and breadth of the country by the central government and voted for the saffron party overwhelmingly. Sections of the media misrepresented Arvind Kejriwal’s forewarning to the voters that they would have to suffer more cases of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chickungunya if they voted for the BJP as a threat and as an intimidation on the part of the Delhi chief minister. Some TV anchors and reporters couldn’t disguise their glee at AAP’s setback in the electoral politics. The BJP’s resounding victory now means the perpetuation of the corrupt and mosquito-friendly administration in the MCD by the BJP and the lack of the much-needed co-ordination between the MCD and the Kejriwal government. The vote could have been for something better than the maintenance of the status quo. The AAP’s near-rout despite its relatively better performance is sure to embolden the central government to try its hardest to destabilise the Delhi government and depict the AAP as a short-lived failed experiment.
— G David Milton, Maruthancode
The senseless killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma by the Maoists has shocked the nation. While the nation unites in paying homage, the government seems to have lost its mind. I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu targetted the human rights activists, using the Sukma killings to pour vitriol.
— KB Dessai, Fatorda (Goa)