Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andrew Yang might not even be aware of it, but the controversial economic ideas espoused by the two young US politicians are being tested in a national election thousands of miles away.
Although the latest poll surveys suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may not be able to get a majority of its own in the ongoing polls, the leaders of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), which has not been formed except in bits and pieces, are bound to regret their lost opportunity.
After I finished reading the 55-page Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, I suddenly remembered a scene in the famous political satire British sitcom, ‘Yes Prime Minister’.
India has gone on high security alert ahead of the start of its marathon elections that will continue for nearly 40 days in April and May, with some 900 million people eligible to vote in 543 parliamentary seats.
The recently held general election was different from any other held in India in the sense that for this election, the ruling party as well as the opposition were in serious election mode for almost four years before it was held. On the ruling party side, the BJP knew well that its 2014 victory was more a mandate against the incumbent
Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s resignation in the wake of the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections has landed the grand old party in a deep crisis. When he offered his resignation at the party working committee’s first meeting after the elections, colleagues saw it merely as a gesture in acknowledgment of moral responsibility
The stunning blow in the recent parliamentary elections has pushed Congress back to the drawing board. An exercise like this should have been undertaken by India’s grand old party after the 2014 polls, but better late than never (‘Priyanka plans to revamp party in UP’, June 28, Gulf Today).
This refers to the report ‘Priyanka favourite as Rahul stands firm on quitting’ May 26, Gulf Today). After accepting the election defeat, it is an honest choice on the part of Rahul Gandhi to step down and remain as a party member. The Congress should accept it and find a suitable alternative, most probably not from the Gandhi family.
It’s dark at home. When he steps out, it’s darkness again. As he decides to walk on the darkness thickens. That’s the reality that makes up the lives of millions of Indians, who if given a chance would like to be unborn.