Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal,Varanasi and General Elections
2014 General Elections
This is the year 2014 and forthcoming days are to see perhaps greatest rivalry in history of General Elections. There are many aspects which ascertain that this election is unique. I will shortly outline all those cases in the forthcoming paragraphs. This is the election which sets the trend and I see that in this election there is also fight between the traditional politics-- that so far India has seen-- and the advent of new kind of politics which`s inception can be certainly attributed to figures like Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.
Perhaps only one similarity that exists between 'NAMO' and AK 49(As Narendra Modi refers Mr. Kejriwal) is that they are both contesting for the National Elections for the first time. For rest I see a great dichotomy between two. Varanasi which will see the greatest wrestling, is now vibrating with slogans raised by Various parties. Historically an important player in the formation of Indian History and cultural Heritage, the people of this city will decide the future of the Chieftains of BJP as well as AAP.
This year will be, for sure, a long leap in the reformation of the Indian Politics. The importance given to the Technology and greater focus and stress on issues related to development are going to prove that year 2014 is going to be a turning point in the Indian History. I now move to describe why General Election, 2014 is unique.
- No. of polling booths are 9,30,000 which are 12 % more than the previous election.
- Total no. of voters are 81.4 crore which is 10 crore more than the previous election.
- In every LS seat 1.79 lakhs new voters will poll.
- This election will be completed in 9 stages, the earlier election culminated in 5 stages.
- The no. of employees required in this election will be 1.10 crore and 50% of which are security personnel.
- The toll free no. 1950 will be available for all the disputes and their time bound settlement will be done.
- Except in Arunanchal Pradesh, Sikkim and Goa, Candidate can spend up to 70 lakh rupees.
- BJP has for the first time announced a person-- who has already served as CM for two consecutive terms and continues to serve for the third.
- AAP has become a major factor(A party which is merely 1 year old!).
- Technology has played such an important role that most of the parties have their own cell and they have hired enthusiasts from world class organizations.
- Large no. of Parachute Candidates(Person contesting in the constituency of which is not a permanent resident).
- Inclusion of a special button known as NOTA(None Of The Above) on the EVM(Electronic Voting Machine).
- Candidates from various backgrounds have started contesting in General Elections, breaking the common stereotype-- Politics is a cesspool.
- Highest percentage of young aged voters.
The city which will decide the fate of India.
Varanasi LS Seat
Total registered voters 16,09,460.
Male :- 9,02,969
Female :- 7,06,410
The main attractions Varanasi :-
- Ghats of holy river Ganga.
- Important center of Buddha Circuit in Uttar Pradesh.
- Vinoba Bhave`s land movement, Ram Manohar Lohia`s Hindi Movement and Jai Prakash Narayan`s Movement.
- Aarti`s in the Morning.
Varanasi Lok Sabha Seat
Since 1952, Varanasi has been LS seat and has seen considerable flip-flops through out the passage of the history. I have included facts and figures related to this seat and also have explained later on the reason for opting of this seat by prominent political figures.
Varanasi Lok Sabha Elections : Timeline
- For three consecutive terms, Raghunath Singh from Congress, won LS Elections -- 1952,1957 and 1962.
- In the fourth General Elections(1967), Satya Narayan Singh from Marxist Communist Party won the seat.
- In 1977, the public outrage against the Congress was conspicuous and Chandra Sekhar Singh from BLD won the seat.
- Kamlapati Tripathi, in 1980 from Congress, won the seat.
- Shyam Lal Yadav, in 1984, retained the seat for Congress.
- In 1989, the people of Varanasi decided for a change and they elected Anil Shastri from Janta Dal.
- It was in 1991 that trend started and since then BJP has managed to sustain this seat as their bastion. In 1991, Shreesh Chand Dikshit from BJP won the seat.
- Shankar Prasad Jaiswal from BJP managed to hold his chair for three consecutive elections -- 1996,1998,1999.
- Congress fielded Dr. Rajesh Mishra and he defeated BJP in 2004.
- It was BJP Veteran Leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi who, in 2009, won the seat.
BJP selected this seat, as stated by Amit Shah, due to its proximity with neighbouring states. This city lies very close to Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. So if a prime- ministerial candidate contests from this seat then certainly the neighboring regions will be influenced.
Other reason I believe is indeed confidence of BJP that this seat is theirs. From 1991 it has proved to be bastion for BJP.
Arvind Kejriwal has selected this seat-- God knows for which reason-- but certainly to undermine the stature of BJP prime-ministerial candidate and the confidence on which he rides after winning in Delhi.
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Narendra Modi with Rajat Sharma
This name needs no introduction. There is hardly any Indian-- aware with Indian Politics-- who does not not Narendra Modi. This man has been the face of not only BJP but whole Election. His rallies attracted record no. of people and he is most searched Indian Politician on Search Engines. His official Facebook page has record likes(which at least demonstrates his popularity among young generation). He is an extremely astute politician and administrator. I believe that to be a successful reformer politician you need to be extremely smart in Politics. Narendra Modi is certainly that. He has completely transformed Gujarat and has been leader in creating an atmosphere of competition between the states-- which is the most fruitful result for Indian Economy.
There were many allegations slapped on him by his main rival-- Congress-- but the reports by SIT(Special Investigation Team) set up by Supreme Court, on Gujarat Riots, exonerated him. The force of his influence on Indian Mass can be gauged from the fact that Parties are forming a coalition to stop him, any how--regardless of their principles. The way opposition have decided to steer and fight the course of elections against Narendra Modi is certainly not justifiable. When ever BJP raises any issue, opposition sticks to Gujarat Riots, this only means that opposition do not have any current issue or drawback of BJP hence it continues to nurture the sore that happened in the past.
The persona of Narendra Modi is so powerful that opposing parties do not miss a chance to taint his image-- when any baseless allegation is broached in Media against him. But he remains silent because he knows that political brawls are no less than a quagmire; do no good to the people whom the politicians represent.
Narendra Modi`s vision about Varanasi
- Narendra Modi blogs his vision for Varanasi - The Times of India
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi, has outlined his priorities for the city in a recent blog.
Arvind Kejriwal with Rajat Sharma
Initially, when Arvind Kejriwal fought as a Crusader against Corruption, people in India hoped for a new beacon of light and perhaps an India free of corruption. Arvind Kejriwal came into politics to change the concept-- the way a democracy works-- but now it seems that he is changed by Indian Democracy.
Indeed it is a remarkable achievement of Mr. Kejriwal that he -- though naive and immature-- finalized the last phase of political Career of Veteran politican-- Sheila Dikshit. But one must be pragmatic while applauding Mr. Kejriwal. There were some facts that indeed were supportive to him and aided in his victory.
- The involvement of Kejriwal in Anna Movement.
- Anti- incumbency factor (Sheila Dikshit had served for 15 Years.)
- Prevailing corruption in Delhi and Scams of common wealth games.
- Nirbhaya Rape case.
It has to be accepted that in some aspects he must be revered. His simplicity. His attitude towards the CM seat as some thing not very distant from a Common Man indeed is worth of praise.
But his thinking and actions are surely not suited to fair politics. He asks before public for every important issue. Why the public should answer his question ? Then if the public has to take care of all the important decisions then why a leader is expected to be politic? This attitude is certainly ridiculous.
He had sworn that he won`t form coalition for seat but he did swerving from his principles. How much it can be justified that you define your principles and change them according to the consensus of the public!
He accepted the post of CM by sharing the power from the Party against which he had contested! And again, his puerile and impolitic nature came into light; he even as CM protested for some issue. How can it be justified when you are a CM and constitution have vested powers to you. One must take administrative and defined route to sort out your problems. And the worst of all-- he resigns and leave your people under president rule, sidelining all commitments and promises that he had promised!
To make the situation more humorous he went in Gujarat examining the work of Modi and seeing only the faults and not the achievements-- which makes him similar to conventional politicians, whom he derogated in the days of his crusade . He commented on the work of a guy who is 12 years senior than him in the profession he was not able to manage yourself-- even for 50 days!
Mr. Kejriwal who was fought as a common man in Delhi Elections and promised a fair politics has now completely mired himself and he takes no different route to win-- akin to his secular allies. He initially talked of issues that a middle class man faces but now-- since he is contesting against Modi-- he makes his best efforts to polarize the votes by using methods which certainly cannot be considered under the ambit of fair politics.
- My aim is to defeat Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Arvind Kejriwal says - The Times of India
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal today expressed confidence of defeating Narendra Modi in Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in the general election.
Last General Elections result from Varanasi
% of votes
Murli Manohar Joshi
Varanasi : Cultural Capital of India
These are my own views and I have tried my best to present everything normally and pragmatically. Yet, this subject remains very close to the sentiments of various people and hence my apologies to those who thinks they have been offended. If they consider something offensive just let me know I`ll purge my hub. I would be happy if my readers would express their views on the question I have asked.
Last thing-- do vote, because sometimes your single vote can change the destiny of this nation.
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