Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Elections 2009 Update - March Madness!

Well the last month (March '09) has been an eventful one when you talk about Elections '09! It has had its rightful share of controversies, issues etc etc. So here's a quick recap for those of you who've missed it:
  • L K Advani the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP and NDA, launches his website. Well you enter the website and you have an mp3 file which has Advani addressing the so -called netizens of the country himself
  • Congress and the UPA looks like its loosing its alliances(PMK from Tamil Nadu, Lalu Prasad Yadav & Ram Vilas Paswan deciding to pitch in for each other in their respective states) as the elections come closer, but they still seem confident that these are just baseless rumors and that post-election it would have many more alliances. Well with the comendable efforts taken by the Congress during its 5-year tenure from handling terrorist attacks to making the railways a profitable PSU to waving-off a Rs. 60,000 crore loan of farmers to even running the country effectively during Global Recession, Congress's confidence seems justified.
  • Varun Gandhi comes into the spotlight with what many call a publicity stunt by giving his hatred speech in UP, in which he proclaimed to be the so-called saviour of the Hindus and an anti-muslim!
  • Election Commission(EC) of India issues a warning to BJP to defer fielding Varun Gandhi as its candidate from UP. Later Varun Gandhi is jailed for potential threat to communal harmony
  • Then it was time for sports to play its part with the Elections. The Indian Premier League(IPL), which was supposed to by played from the 14th April 2009 onwards, doesn't get clearance from the Home Minister P. Chidambaram: This was owing to the various state government's refusal to be able to provide security during the month of April owing to elections. The IPL schedule was changed twice before the IPL Board decided to shift the IPL this year to South Africa. Opposition party BJP hits on Congress, proclaiming that this would send wrong signals to the world. But with all the terror threats and the recent attack on the Sri Lankan cricket players in Pakistan, it seemed a very sensible but a difficult decision by the Home Minister.
  • Meanwhile, actor Sanjay Dutt is named as the Samajwadi Party's(SP) candidate at Uttar Pradesh(UP). But sadly for him just a day after naming him as their candidate the Supreme Court(SC) refused to stay his conviction(for possesion of Arms during the 1993 Mumbai blasts). Hence he is not allowed to contest for the seat of a MP from UP. But surprisingly both the major parties(Congress & BJP) felt that the decision by the SC is just
  • When one thought that March has finished having its share of issues for Elections '09, on the last day of March a group Supari killers (said to have connections with Chotta Shakeel) are arrested in Bangalore. The Intelligence Bureau(IB) then say that this group of killers (called the D-gang) had intentions of killing Varun Gandhi and Pramod Mutalik. Now if this is a real threat or just another publicity stunt to divert media attention from Varun Gandhi's hatred speech is for us to wait and watch
On the whole elections '09 has already had its share issues. But it surely has a lot more to come as we have only seen the Tip of the Ice-berg. :)
But everything said and done, one thing I am sure off is that all the parties contesting this year would surely have a good amount of their manifesto dedicated to providing 'Better Internal Security'. In fact, its going to be the key proposition by all the parties in Elections '09!!!


MJ said...

thats a nice recap "the month that was" good to see you writing more..kepp up the good work cheers!!

Rajiv S Perumal said...

thnx m8! :)
will do that...!!!