Three news that made headlines today and all three about election.
Lalu Prasad yadav’s RJD finally lost Bihar. Everyone could see that Bihar was going to the dumps except for the people of Bihar and still election after election the same tainted ministers were elected again and again. I guess in Bihar the gun rules. Should we rejoice because now Bihar would progress. Not so fast, because the politics of High caste and low caste and Hindu and Muslim still exists. It is not a revolution because it looks like a change of guards. People will suffer and in turn Bihar will suffer. Its about time that people of Bihar understand that a person of the same religion, community or caste going to screw them unless they really make them accountable.
The second news is obviously closer to my home, Mumbai. The election of Priya Dutt, daughter of Sunil Dutt in Mumbai. She defeated Shiv Sena’s candidate Madhukar Sadpotdar. Madhukar Sadpotdar was the same person who was caught with weapons in his car during the Mumbai 1993 riots. He was a MLA then. As for Priya Dutt, she worked with her father and her father name is her best promotional slogan. Let see how she fares. Mumbai is quite vocal in their choice. If she does not work, she will be kicked out the next time.
The third and most important news is of Narayan Rane winning again from Malvan but this time on a Congress ticket. Shiv Sena’s candidate lost. Let me correct that, Shiv Sena lost. A party which dominated the Konkan region for more than three decades lost. Is this the beginning of the end for Shiv Sena. Raj Thakarey works from the ground level up with his uncle to run the Shiv Sena. He has the same style, charisma and the guts as his uncle, Bal Thakarey. But Blood is thicker than water or sweat or whatever and suddenly out of nowhere, Bal Thakarey’s son becomes the party president. The Sena put the whole weight in Malvan. They wanted to defeat Rane at any damn cost. But it seems that Rane is above the party. I remember as a child people voting a party and not the candidate. Still Govinda won on a congress ticket in my area beating Ram Naik, MLA for more than 15 years.
The Indian politics is changing. Hopefully it will be for good.