On the eve of 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, India witnessed an unprecedented political drama starting in the morning on Tuesday and stretching beyond the midnight in Gujarat.
On the eve of 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, India witnessed an unprecedented political drama starting in the morning on Tuesday and stretching beyond the midnight, pushing many to compare it with an exciting cricket match that goes down to the wire. It literally went there, resulting in two self-proclaimed winners and a real loser – India.
Ahmed Patel of Congress won a seat in the Rajya Sabha, BJP won what it proclaimed as the battle of perception, exposing inner vulnerabilities of Congress, but India fell victim to the shameful battle of egos between the BJP and the Congress. Hours after the result, PM Narendra Modi called for everyone to learn from Mahatma Gandhi. The drama of Gujarat, however, shows our politicians can never learn from the Mahatma, and India doesn’t deserve their politics.
It was clear from the beginning that BJP would leave no stone unturned to snatch the prized Rajya Sabha seat from Ahmed Patel, the man considered second only to the Gandhis in the Congress. Even as the saffron party was already assured of two seats for Amit Shah and Smriti Irani, it did everything under its capacity to ensure Patel’s defeat, including a double parade of top Union ministers to the Election Commission on Tuesday evening, when the Congress approached the panel for the cancellation of votes of two MLAs, who violated the poll procedures. BJP’s desperate bid to see Patel defeated reminded every one of the Congress of the past, which was always ruthless in pursuit of power – by money, deceit or muscle.
Congress is not a novice player. It has ruled the country for several decades and knows every trick in the game called politics. So, when BJP started to play dirty, Congress upped its own game. Forty four MLAs were flown to a posh resort in Bengaluru for over a week even as several areas of Gujarat suffered under floods. It was probably for the first time when MLAs had to be flown away to save a Rajya Sabha seat. We have grown up seeing such drama for majority in state assemblies.
That the Congress had to take all its MLAs to another state to ensure they don’t get lured by BJP reflects poorly, not just on the Grand Old Party but also the greedy lawmakers who couldn’t be trusted by their own party.
Even after keeping MLAs away from Gujarat for 10 days, the Congress couldn’t stop two MLAs from defecting. The party could have easily walked away with the allegation that saffron party bought the votes of two MLAs, but then Congress was also not behind if the BJP did so. The Congress managed to secure votes of a BJP MLA and an ally. How? It can be anyone’s guess.
For a single seat, both Congress and BJP employed all their resources even as their efforts won’t have any effect on the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. For it will be another battle, and a bruised BJP would be hungry for revenge. But, does India deserves such hunger games? PM Modi’s is promising to build a ‘New India’ by 2022. This may be the answer to our question here. However, there is another question also: Is ‘New India’ possible with old politicians?