Pragya’s Win, Defeats of Brilliant Candidates Unpleasant Poll Outcomes

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A comfortable victory for terror accused Pragya Thakur and the defeats of some of the brightest minds in the electoral fray (particularly that of Atishi Marlena, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Raghav Chadda) are some unpleasant outcomes of Narendra Modi’s easy ride to a second term as Prime Minister of India tonight.

Neither AAP’s good governance in Delhi (to me, Arvind Kejriwal is India’s finest Chief Minister) nor the credentials of young and selfless leaders mattered for the electorate – they were all consumed by the silly decision of the Congress to shun strategic alliances.

Losing every seat in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh within five months of winning the State Assembly elections shows the extent of damage caused by poor party leadership, starting with the choice of loyal bandicoots as Chief Ministers.

The only saving grace was Dr Shashi Tharoor’s win in Thiruvananthapuram. And of non-BJP victories in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Punjab! Small mercies!

The late induction of Priyanka Gandhi appears to have brought with it only an air of negativity through the unwanted baggage of Robert Vadra.

The party was just overconfident that unemployment, Rafale, demonetisation, GST, economic mess, lack of inclusive governance, farmers’ distress and their own NYAY would see them through, notwithstanding family liabilities.

As Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have retained their seats, representing the North and the South respectively, with Amethi gone (at the time of writing, the result is not out though he conceded defeat at a press conference even as counting was under way), hugs and love for Modi in Parliament can be expected.

For the grand old party to stay relevant, they must step aside and let more capable leaders in the party to hold the reins.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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