After 14 years of exile, they say, ‘Shri Ram‘ has returned to his Janmabhoomi.
The results of Uttar Pradesh clearly shows that the nation is as much drenched in this gigantic “Modi Wave” as it was 3 years ago. The Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) has won, the opposition getting rammed by a speeding Modi driven goods train, winning 325 seats in the process.
Fact of the matter is, the BJP has blown away the ‘ghatbandhan‘ of Samajwadi Party(SP) and Congress. The SP-Congress alliance could manage to get only 55 seats. Akhilesh Yadav will be having sleepless nights pondering on his decision to give the Congress 105 seats out of which they returned him only 7. On the other hand, the ‘Hathi’ of the Bahujan Samajwadi Party(BSP) was under a deep slumber.
While controversies are a part and parcel of elections, this time around, even the results were more controversial, if one was to believe them. BSP supremo ‘Behenji’ Mayawati directly spoke about the EVM’s being tampered and votes being recorded only for one political party( BJP) by these tampered EVMs. A sinister claim by her that the BJP even won seats which had majority Muslim populace. How in a seemingly ‘secular’ country can any muslim vote for a Hindu nationalist party?
While BJP winning most of the majority Muslim seats is purely simple mathematics, BSP would do better if instead off all these ‘tamasha‘ would actually investigate how they had done. Take for example Deoband, where both the SP and the BSP candidates were Muslim. The BJP winner Brijesh polled 102244 votes, SP’s Majid Ali polled 72844 votes and Mavia Ali from the BSP got 55385, showing us a real split that happened in the Muslim vote-share. SP leader and ex-CM Akhilesh Yadav while not fully backing the claim of EVM tampering said that if any party is apprehensive then they should be investigated by the Election Commission.
While the beginning of UP election season was unpredictable with that open split in the SP which saw father and son rise against each other, there was nothing that could have predicted the end.
With many names being fed to the media or spoken to in journalistic circles regarding the man to manage ‘Modi’s mandate’, with BJP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, Union Home minister and ex-cm Rajnath Singh who were poised to ‘reign’ Pradesh, BJP has in utter shock to most liberal media brigade gone with a ‘Kesari’ clad Yogi ‘Mahant’ Adityanath as the 21st Chief Minister of India’s largest state.
The exact motive and agenda of the party isn’t very clear. The media circle is saying this is the BJP showing its true face, and has upheld Hindutva in ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ and hence bestowed its responsibility on Yogi. Yogi Adityanath, is a 5 time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, and not a novice in electoral politics with first being elected to the lower house in 1998, making him the youngest member of parliament at the age of just 26.
The Gorakhnath Math of Gorakhpur to which Yogi is the ‘Peethadipathi’, has always been politically active and a part of the ‘Hindu Mahasabha’. With murmurs growing from within the confines of the ‘Sangh Parivar’ regarding the ‘Ram Temple’ and the recent appeal by the Supreme court to solve this matter amicably, will it be destiny that will be in play for Yogi as the chief minister who will finally settle this issue once and for all, the issue that was, by all means started when Yogi Digvijaynath ( Guru of Adityanath’s guru Avaidyanath) who organised a 9-day continuous recitation of the ‘RamacharitManas’ in 1949. While the matter is subjudice and out of court settlement of the issue is next to impossible, it is time, for a growing country like ours to solve this issue, by whatever means possible. With the Allahabad court already giving out a judgement in this case, the same would also be expected of the highest court in our country.
But, is the temple the only reason for Yogi’s ascension? And whether the move is in resonance with expectations of the people who voted for the BJP? While UP is a state equally dominated always by religion and caste politics, it would be great to see how this BJP government under CM Yogi and his two deputies manage to drive PM Modi’s development agenda and also how Yogi would manage his own image of a leader of the saffron movement. While Yogi has been guilty of giving communally sensitive speeches and has cases against his name including rioting the onus is on the BJP to keep Yogi under the leash, because, the Indian voter has a photographic memory and any misstep will directly lead to the its downfall in 2019 which at this moment they are cruising through.
While the oppositions have made it very clear that BJP is blatantly playing communal politics in the biggest state, the fact of the matter is, after winning 3/4th of the seats, the BJP certainly needn’t ask for approval from the other parties about their choices. And with their choice made, however controversial, it is Yogi who has to make Uttar Pradesh as ‘Uttam Pradesh’