Maharashtra poll results along with the poll results in the other two states of Arunachal Pradesh and Haryana has come as a bad news for the BJP. And the saffron colour continues to lose its shine.
It must have been a happy day at work for people at 10 Janpath as the hard work finally paid off in Maharashtra. With the party gaining an absolute majority, it will hope that it will be able to live up to the expectations of a common Indian living in Maharashtra.
But the disheartening news was about a goon party gaining more strength.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena won in 13 seats in the state including 7 seats in Mumbai.
And there can be two ways of looking into the performance.
The first one has more to do with Not reading much into the party’s win. As the seat where it won was not on the basis of the party tag but because of a careful thinking that went into while selecting the candidates. The candidates who won were not imported from outside. Most of them were active in their constituency for years and were earlier a part of Shiv Sena.
So to say that the brand MNS worked would be wrong.
The second way of looking at this is that whether Mumbai has accepted and given its nod to the hooliganism way of politics that was carried out by MNS? And this question needs to carefully understood in the backdrop of the violence that MNS cadre carried out recently.
Infact none of the media post election talk show focussed on this aspect of MNS. Not much time back, this was the same party who held the whole state to ransom and ransacked the city and attacked anyone whom they thought was from north India.
Mumbai sure has a short memory.
Perhaps the Mumbaikars forgot that when 26/11 happened none of the MNS goons or Mr.Thackrey came forward to help. And those who died while tackling the situation where from all parts of the country, it was not a 'Me Mumbaikar' campaign at that time. And it was not just Mumbai who was glued into to the TV for news but the whole India
And it was not just Mumbai who felt frustrated for being so helpless and it was not just Mumbai who cried whenever a still body of an innocent “Indian” came out.
Try to remember; it was hardly 11 months back.
Anyone who saw Raj speaking before the media will agree that he has reached a new realm. The same old arrogance and lust for power was back in his eyes and in his voice as he dared people to perform Chaath Puja.
I thought that the MNS will be routed from the state but now realize that I was wrong. Might has again proved right.
Why do we point fingers at the illiterate class when they elect criminals to power? Don’t we say that the poor class doesn’t have the “intellectual” capability to decide between right and wrong?
What happened to the not so "intellectually backward strata" of Mumbai? Those who voted MNS to power how are they going to justify it?
Is violence the answer to the problem of people coming to a state in India in search for work? MNS had posed this question and many of you nodded in assent.
There were people who were lambasting Karan Johar for succumbing to MNS decree. Now we see why didn’t he resist.
We are moving backward in time. Democracy graduates from a violent natured system to a system that runs on a careful exercising of the power to vote.
This time it was MNS. Who knows by the next election time we might have NINS ( North Indian Navnirman sena). All justifying their violence on one reason or the other.
We pose some questions that can be answered only by ourselves.