Chandigarh, September 13: The repeat performance of the Congress linked National Students Union of India in the elections to the Delhi University students union today within days after Panjab University in Chandigarh could be a trend setter. Gurdaspur could be the next where Lok Sabha bye-election is to be held on October 11. In Delhi, the NSUI has succeeded in ousting RSS backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from two top seats of president and vice-president after four years. It could be the indicator about the reversal of the fortunes of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and people’s aversion to the policies being followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi had captured the imagination of the young voters in 2014.
The NSUI had earlier won in the Panjab University students council elections with the ABVP being far behind. However, it is the results of the Delhi University polls that are significant as this university has been a stronghold of the Saffron Brigade for years.
It is pertinent to mention here that despite the intensive campaign by the Modi government and the Sangh Parivar, the ABVP failed to capture any seat in recent elections in Jawahar Lal Nehru University, the institution that continues to be targeted by the Saffron Brigade. Every effort has been made to stifle this reputed institution since 2014.
The BJP has been on the defensive ever since the Reserve Bank of India came out with the facts on the after effects of demonitisation. It has now been proved by the RBI itself that the much hyped move disrupted the economy without achieving the four objectives that Modi had cited while making that shocking announcement late in the evening to declare that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would cease to be legal tender from midnight.
India has entered the age of unreason under Modi with the RSS trying to implement its divisive Hindutva agenda making minorities insecure.
The people who question the establishment and obscurantism are under attack. Scientific temper is being replaced by myths.
Gurdaspur is going to be the next test although bye-elections are not considered to be a major trend. The bye-election has been necessitated due to the death of Vinod Khanna from the BJP who represented this seat in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress had lost by a margin of about one lakh votes from here in 2014. The candidate was then state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa who is now member of the Rajya Sabha. He is lobbying for his ex-MLA wife Charanjit Kaur. The Congress is badly divided in the seat with the majority opposed to Bajwa.
The seven Congress MLAs from this Lok Sabha seat had earlier proposed the candidature of state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar not only to keep the party united by wrest this seat from the Akali Dal-BJP alliance. But then Jakhar is not keen as he is from Abohar in the Malwa belt. Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have authorised Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for the finalisation of the candidate. Both Amarinder and Rahul Gandhi are presently abroad and return by the end of this week.
The Congress in Punjab would have to face the onslaught for having failed to provide the much promised debt relief to farmers. The Congress in its manifesto had promised loan waiver and going a step ahead, got the forms filled up by the farmers. However, the relief has been brought down to Rs 2 lakh per farmer. Notification is still to be issued by the state government that is in deep fiscal crisis as even the salaries of the employees could not be disbursed on time this month. The Implementation of the GST has further complicated the situation.
Resentment is already building up against the Modi regime with the common people getting more and more stressed. The outcome in Gurdaspur would also depend on the inner Congress dynamics in this seat.