Congress can’t win while letting Modi set the agenda



The Congress should know poll outcomes can’t be changed by slapping bans on surveys. It must desist from meaningless controversies to recover, if at all, the ground it seems to have lost amid charges of graft, nepotism and bad governance.

The increasingly difficult terrain the party is negotiating wouldn’t alter if inflation continues to rise, the economy’s sluggish and decision making tardy. There is no other way for it except an expeditious repair job on these fronts.

Narendra Modi might not be the best alternative. But he’s capturing popular imagination every passing day. Even the countryside where the Congress hopes to make up its projected losses in urban India isn’t a sure bet. The party’s secular appeal is reportedly waning across the Hindi belt, most notably in UP and Bihar where the real battle will happen in the 2014 polls.

To stall Modi in his tracks, the Congress needs allies from the secular side of the divide for the 120-seats in these two provinces. The sooner it moved to sew up such pacts the better.

A Congress alliance with Mayawati is desirable but in some ways improbable, if not impossible, given the reports that the BSP leader is ahead of other contenders in the race. But in the event of the improbable happening, the combine could alter the scene to Modi’s disadvantage and that of the SP, whose chances are rated low this time around.

Bihar’s relatively easier to tackle in terms of alliance making. Both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are willing. But the call’s difficult for the Congress. Lalu’s in jail and the JD (U) leader at the receiving end of the forward caste wrath.

The Upper castes are a way smaller in numbers than the minorities, the backwards and the extremely backward, whose vote can be consolidated by an alliance involving the Congress. But if Lalu’s Yadav clansmen fall to Modi’s overtures, the BJP would strike a winning social combination. A fine balance between Lalu and Nitish is what the Congress requires to strike, making the estranged friends see the value of a three-way pact.

But while that happens, the Congress must closely track Modi’s speeches. The BJP leader’s scant regard for facts, poor appreciation of history and the proclivity to play to the gallery could help it bounce back into the discourse it seems to be losing.

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  • Guest

    The Congress has some very senior members in its midst who seem to be lost in the desert right now. If the agri crops give us a bumper yield, things would start looking up for the party – and rains have brought us that hope this time.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    If only that Banyan tree let others grow.

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  • pankaj#1

    This Blog is my Alma mater.
    Would like to do duel with people who are anti Modi.
    All in civil language but with facts. No rhetorics.
    Is there any one out there to defend psuedos?? including present congress, BSP, SP, JD(U) sitaram and blah, blah and blah.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Though, I don’t consider myself to be belonging to secular brigade, I do have speculations about India under Modi. I am still not aware what his visions and strategies are.

    It was a good move by BJP to launch Modi as a PM candidate much early in US style (as he was constrained to Gujarat all these years). It might fetch dividends for BJP in 2014. But a reality check. Can Modi make whole India as Gujarat in next 10 years? First thing, When it comes to development, India is not standing at the place where Gujarat stood 10 years ago. Next, all Indians do not have Gujarati’s nature of coming up in life. Biharis, Bengalis .. everyone have their own pace. I am hoping, even if he starts off in the right direction, that should be sufficient.

    But I see some diversions from the route. Is building the biggest statue of Patel the only way to remember that man? (Naming the Dam with his name was sufficient). One can say the statue and the surrounding (planned) activities can boost tourism in Gujrat. Agreed, it is going to be one of the major attractions which would invite tourists. But why a political person was chosen for the statue (None of the statues in comparison are political figures, be it Statue of liberty or Buddha). I have respect for the man, but sorry he is not aesthetically appealing to me. River Narmada in a lady form would have looked more appealing.

    Dealing the crowd with calm in the rally during bomb blast and empathising with the victim’s family later were handled with care. But is it necessary to hold Asti Yatra? I hoped, BJP is not going back to its statue and yatra days. BJP should go back to what it originally stood for. Uniform Civil Code. Only that delivers what Modi keeps repeating. “Development to all, appeasement to none”. Hope Modi remains focussed.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vinay;
    thanks for coming bak to me. Monologue is no substitute for dialogue.
    No modi can not change India like gujrat in next 10 years, that is for sure. But if he can stop the rot, which has set in, inidan politics, that will be a great achievement. yes, he will succeed in stopping this leaking of money, he can also check, mega scams, he can check, kid glove treatment of terrorists and will instill a sense of hope and confidence in people.
    No other political person of present India has that vision and capacity.
    About Sardar statue, no immediate benefit will accrue but I do not hold any grudge against this. Patel was denied his due place by congress, no doubt about it. This dynasty has belittled even mahatma and all around it is dynasty, which has been imposed on Indian nation and its psyche, by force/ favor and subterfuge.

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  • pankaj#1

    Dear Dr. Anand, I can reply for so called historical errors. Give me a chance. These morons have history knowledge, imparted by Guha.

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  • pankaj#1

    Whenever I see Diggy in post, : meri Laar tapak ne lagti hai:. is pe Joote maarne ki tabiat poori hoti hai.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    CBI has been held unconstitutional. No more has power to investigate and prosecute.
    is it a good news? yes and No.
    Yes: No longer Amit shah will be hounded, who even otherwise, would have come out unscathed but this would have taken sometime, off from his useful time in preparing UP for poll. Modi was beyond CBI.
    So who will benefit most by this decision. Ofcourse, congress. No more Coalgate, G2 and other many scams, from which, it was not possible to come out untainted.

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  • Sujoy

    Dear Vinod sir – Instead of tracking how many errors Modi has done, it is better to count how many times congress failed to manage issues. Congress failed to manage a single issue e.g. whether PM will go to Sri Lanka or not…Opinion polls are ok or not, Rape crisis, Anna Crisis etc. Over and above the economy and the inflation. Price rise would be the single most factor because of which congress is going to face the defeat in coming elections. Congress is a national party in true sense but clearly lacking effective leadership. We must take the learning from the corporate to find a leader e.g. Ratan Tata chooses Cyrus not Noel for the survival. You know better why it is so. someone become leader – by Chance or By Design???

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  • http://leftyaright.blogspot.co.uk/ Anonymous

    The comments about Modi always seem to be polarised. Governance and administration are not one man army. But both parties (pro and opposite) argue in this direction, whenever it suits their argument. If Modi is the man who is responsible for riots ten years ago, then he has to be the man who is responsible for growth of Gujarat since ten years. If controlling riots was beyond Modi’s reach ten years back, then he can’t be credited solely for Gujarat’s collective success. Both parties seem to have selective amnesia.

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