Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013 : Non performance or Corruption was No 1 issue?by opinion express May 1, 2013 0 comments
Karnataka elections results are along predictable lines, many opinion polls and exit polls have scored right on seats prediction. Congress has emerged as the winner, BJP has been demolished and Janata Dal (Secular) refuses to be written off. The national parties were eyeing big in Karnataka primarily to consolidate platform for up coming Lok Sabha elections, off course Congress won and BJP facilitated the victory. First, there is no sweeping sentiment; Congress has won by a slim margin in the 224-seat house and that is therefore no endorsement of its brave assertion of ‘we survive everything’. Second, national issues had little bearing, and like most states Karnataka voted on the basis of factors that affect the daily lives of the people – things like governance and civic amenities. BJP state leadership and its central leadership has messed up the government right from on set of its formation of its first government in any southern state. Yeddyurappa, Reddy brothers in Bangalore and Anant Kumar and Venkya Naidu in collaboration of their god father’s in Delhi has delivered worst BJP government of the many states ruled by BJP in India. Interestingly, while an indicted Yeddyurappa, who also bears the ignominy of being the first chief minister of India to go to jail, had the ability to dent his former party, the tainted Reddy brothers have received a drubbing in Bellary.
Overall, despite the victory, Congress should ideally not be in a celebratory mood and there is no reason for them to gloat about their triumph in the south. What they must accept is that Karnataka elections are neither a positive verdict on the scam soiled government at the Centre nor a defeat of the BJP ideology, as asserted by PM Manmohan Singh. If anything Karnataka elections are about what factionalism can do to a corruption riddled party, which cares little for governance issues. And if that is the reading, Congress better watch the wall for results in 2014 though with a rider that Congress despite corruption allegations has looked a unit under Sonia Gandhi. But scams has destroyed UPA I clean governance impact as 2G, CWG, Coalgate, Rail-gate plus serious law & order breakdown specially crime on women, handling of China misadventure has firmed up the believe that there is a huge disconnect of government with public. Anna & Baba Ramdev agitations are gradually dying but the spontaneous people participation on every outcry indicates that people by and large are restless. Karnataka BJP is punished for corruption, non performance and now 2014 general elections would be acid test for UPA II led by Congress party to face the public ire. Thankfully, UPA II looks a better performing unit than miserable Karnataka BJP unit.
– Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief