New Delhi, 20 Oct 2014
The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has expressed disappointment at the upsurge of communalists once again in the Indian polity following the verdict of Maharashtra and Haryana legislative assemblies’ results which were declared on Sunday. It however asserted that there is no communal polarization in the country, but dreams on development and trade brought out the results.
SDPI national president A. Sayeed in a statement squarely held the Congress party responsible for not learning lessons from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections debacle and doing nothing spectacular to regain the confidence of the electorates, especially that from the minorities, in last five months. The committee of the Congress set to analyze the factors that led to Congress party rout in the Lok Sabha elections in its report failed to pin point the root causes. The report was eyewash as its efforts were only to safeguard Congress chief Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi from the blame and put it off tangent from soul searching and introspection to rejuvenate the party.
On the other hand, Sayeed said the hype of Modi wave created by the BJP and ably supported by the media barons was a just a mirage in Maharashtra. The so-called wave failed to garner a simple majority in Maharashtra where it had claimed to form the government on its own following neck-breaking 30 election meetings addressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a short span of time. However, the presence of elusive Modi wave failed to work its magic contrary to the last Lok Sabha polls has also been denied by the senior Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi while reportedly interacting with media persons in Mumbai.
He said that it is true that the electorate has rejected the Congress and its former ally NCP but it is also equally true that Maharashtra people have not accepted the BJP by not granting clear mandate to rule the state. The BJP’s success is only partial. It will now need to eat humble pie and return to its ally Shiv Sena, which humiliated it to the hilt during the electioneering, to seek support to form the government.
Sayeed said political parties across the spectrum should ponder seriously the rise of fascist forces to grab political power. They should plan out ways and means to stop meteoric rise of these forces as it can prove to be very disastrous for the plural society in the country.