Day 2 in Darjeeling.
16 May 2014
It was a day of expectations; it was a day of reckoning for India: for the results of outstretched general election was to be declared today. All channels were vying for the TRP since morning. So it was natural for me to be attracted to be in front of the TV as well. So I spent my time in front of it till the afternoon when the result became clear as to who would form the govt in India.
It was saffronisation all the way from all corners of the country. Exit polls for once had had their math correct. It was degree of variation from each exit poll conducting agencies who gave win to the BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party), but not to the extent actual results came out to be. It was a wild rout of the ruling UPA coalition. Congress party did not reach the half century mark. Its various allies like BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) and DMK in south India were returned with zero score. On the other hand BJP swept many states with full score like Gujrat 26/26, Rajasthan 25/25, Uttarakhand 5/5 and Goa and Sikkim returning with all BJP candidates. An unexpected win for the party.
Important thing in the result was the simple majority obtained by the BJP which will not have to depend on the whims and fancy of its allies to survive to complete its full five year term in the Parliament. It is after 1984 that people of India have given clear mandate one single party to run the country. This aspect has shown people’s disenchantment with the regional rag-tags and voted for a national party. This has been possible with the large number of young voters who saw hope in a stable govt for their future to be safe. Only surviving regional parties are AIDMK, TMC & BJD who returned with good numbers in parliament. Time to seriously think about nationalism versus regionalism.
Markets were already reflecting their hope of a BJP govt as enunciated by the exit polls and the result confirmed their hope by crossing 25000 mark at one point of time and closed at a positive notes at the end of the day.
There is positivity all around with the one party majority govt. Although the pre-poll allies will continue to be part of the govt and I am sure they will get their dues. But I am happy to note that the govt will not be a lame duck govt needing crutches from the allies all the time to survive.
The new govt will have to do floor management in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament) as it lacks the number there. Because passing of any bill will require their assent as well to become a law in the country.
In the evening went to Chowrasta, London Square of Darjeeling. There is still quite a nip in the air and chill wind shivers your bones. Tourists have begun to come to Darjeeling but it is still not as vibrant as I have seen in its peak days. In the process of beautification of Chowrasta, govt of the day has leveled the slightly raised park adjoining the Chowrasta to make an open air theatre there. Many high rise buildings have been allowed to come up around the Chowrasta which have masked the scenic beauty of lower down tea gardens in the western side.
Present day GTA (Gorkha Territorial Administration) which administers Darjeeling hills has provided free wi-fi connection in Chowrasta which works but is not stable and very slow. I wish GTA had done a better home work before providing this facility rather than being cursed for the same by the people who wish to use this facility for which it was intended.
Back to home after an hour there. It was becoming too cold for comfort. I must go prepared to stay long hours there as I intend to do.
That’s for the day 2.
Day 2 in Darjeeling.