By Ravi Matah
The Chief Election Commissioner, has announced the dates of the Election Schedule in the Country. The 2019 Indian general election is scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Elections Schedule for J&K will be announced later.
The Electoral competition is likely between two main parties contesting for the power at the Centre; which are the BJP and the Congress.
Leaders in the Congress have stepped up selection of Lok Sabha pol candidates. Congress has a fairly difficult task ahead of them, even at the State level. In trying to win the elections, they have to convince the voter by their achievements alone, and not trying to win them by blaming the ruling party and pushing their hierarchal credentials only.
What prima facie appears is that the Congress has projected nothing much to enable them to harp upon their achievements, as they have utilised most of their time in blaming the Government, for whatever constructive work they have done for the country.
The Congress President and other leaders are always blaming the Government, regarding procurement of Rafaile jets, without having scant regard for the Security of the country.
Blaming the government and using foul language does not get them votes.
Such language does not augur well with the educated class of the country and reflects badly on the person who uses foul language. A leader should know how to highlight the achievements of his own party.
On the other hand Narendra Modi has performed his duties efficiently, and has over the last almost five years worked tirelessly for the nation, and without blemish. He is a fine administrator, with his experience of 10 years as the chief minister of the state of Gujarat. He has a long list of achievements to his credit which include many schemes for the masses.
Schemes like Jan Dhan yojna, Accidental Beema Yojna, Aadhar Bill, Aawaas Yojna (1.5 croroe homes), Beti bachaao beti padhao , Jeevan Jyoti Yojna, Jan Aushadi Kendra, Fasal Bima Yojna, Ujjawala Yojna, (6 crore LPG connections) and many others, the benefits of which would reach the masses.
He has brought in many firsts in India, Pension to labourers, the Bullet train, Train18, the Char Dham expressway, and the latest addition of setting up of a Delhi-Mumbai Greenfield expressway which would reduce travel time between 2 cities to just 13 hours!
For our braves, the long awaited OROP, which was delayed by successive governments, has since been implemented. New guns like the M-777 ultra-light howitzers and K9 vajra were inducted to give the army an edge in warfare. Much awaited, Bullet proof jackets for jawans have also been procured, and Defence Budget allocation has since been increased to(3 lakh crores).
His vision of a Corruption free India is well known, with no major corruption scandal unearthed in the last 5 years.
Make in India, Digital India have served India’s manufacturing scene well. Swach Bharat, Smart Cities, Open defecation free villages are helping in changing India. Niti Ayog has taken the planning to drive India to a brighter future.
Building ’the Statue of Unity’ and ‘the War Memorial’ have no direct or indirect influence over the economics or building of a country; but they do make every Indian proud of our history.
Even on the international arena, India has initiated the International Solar Alliance (ISA) of 122 solar-rich countries. Declaring 21 June as the International Yoga Day, not only raises awareness of good health but the rich heritage that this country has.
Further, India’s Air strikes on JeM hideouts deep inside Pakistan were a befitting reply to Pulwana massacre by the JeM terrorists and amply glorifies Modi’s resolve in making India a strong country, with no tolerance to terrorism.
This is the first time in many decades that such a strong reply has been given to Pakistan, for their terrorist activities in India. Such a decision requires a lot of guts since this could have led to International ramifications.
Further, PM has given Rs.2000 to every family of farming Kisan. The air strike itself could not be a win win situation for Modi but this, coupled with the Balakot strike, has ensured the slide in his favour.
On the other hand Congress has not been able to cash in on BJP losses in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Further, today, to add to the woes of the Congress, there have been five defections from the ruling Congress in Telengana and they have joined the BJP.