Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What's good about the election results

With more than 50% of the people favouring the Congress or the BJP, the vote certainly is in favour of the national parties.

BJP as an opposition has the fire power in the parliament - with Advani, MM Joshi, Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha, Shanawaz Hussain, Sidhhu et. al. It certainly missed this in the last Lok Sabha, with Advani almost single handedly leading the charge (with Vajpayee in absence due to ill health).

National Parties will get stronger. BJP will reform and Congress will build-up on its gains

Oppurtunitic politics has failed.

Approximately half i.e. 266 MPs below the age of 50 so young people and New Ideas will come to the fore.

60% of the sitting MPs have lost their elections. Most of them deserved to.

With a clear majority, the govenement has no room for excuses

It's a positive vote for good governenace. Mostly the performing CMs who have been able to deliver irrespective of the party they belonged to.

BJP was never going to get this kind of numbers (given the limitations of its geographical reach). So would have been subjected to blackmail by the allies. The current configuration is likely to be more stable.

Many of the outrightly criminal candidates have lost.

Congress now has to itself clear up the financial mess it has created for the government.

1 comment:

Shankar said...

Nice analysis on the election results here and on Swapan's blog. I am interested in the psychological side of successful campaigns. Here is something that has not been discussed much:

Advani, with his inability to bring forth a single smile during the campaign, was a disaster. The party's main spokespersons displayed no soft, human touches.http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1257566

Leaders are not lawyers, they should talk less, smile more. And recite poems, if they can! The last one - poetry - isn't it the main difference between ABV and LKA?

My lesson for the likes of Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha and Modi is - do not attack your opponents all the time. It will damage your image more than your opponent's.