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Survey: Only Modi can rescue BJP in Karnataka

Modi has campaigned in Karnataka on earlier occasions, but what is going to make the difference is the high-decibel pitch in his favour as a potential prime ministerial candidate, which has set the imagination of the urban and middle class voters in Karnataka — as all over India — on fire. Modi is seen has having a clean, non-corrupt image, and if he can convince the Karnataka voters that that the Karnataka BJP will be following his line of good governance, we might see the voters forgiving the party.

The hopes of Karnataka BJP are pinned only on Narendra Modi The hopes of Karnataka BJP are pinned only on Narendra Modi

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N ShenoyAnother survey, another set of figures, the same old story. The Bharatiya Janata Party is set to suffer a humiliating defeat in the Karnataka assembly elections to be held on May 5 and the Congress party it set to win. Yaaawwnnn!

But wait, there’s something new this time: The same survey shows the BJP may yet be able to turn around its fortunes if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigns in the southern state.

Sixtyfour per cent of those surveyed for the Headlines Today and C-Voter from January to March 2013 believe Modi can help the BJP recover lost ground in Karnataka.

C-Voter has been carrying out surveys every month for various media outlets since the past few months on voter moods in Karnataka and has been indicating the swings in the fortunes of the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress party in the state.

While earlier surveys showed monthly results, the present survey published by Headlines Today (read here) showed results of the poll carried out over three months, i.e., from, January 2013 to March 2013.

But what is interesting to note that even though the Congress party is set to win, it is seeing a steady decline in popularity from a high of 136 in December 2012 to 118 in the latest C-Voter Survey. Headlines Today website gives the figures for Congress as follows: Jan. 2013: 133, Feb. 2013: 122 and March 2013: 118.

Another give-away from the survey was that former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will play a spoilsport for the BJP, but his Karnataka Janatha Paksha (KJP) by itself would not gain more than a few seats.

This means that the Congress will be gaining at the expense of the the BJP-KJP rivalry and not due to any any new-found love for the party led by Sonia-Rahul mother-son duo.

Now, let’s see the vote share in terms of percentage. While the Congress is expected to gain from 80 seats in the current assembly to 118, their vote share is likely to drop by one per cent from 35 per cent to 34 per cent.

On the other hand, the BJP is likely to lose a vote share of six per cent from 34 per cent to 28 per cent, resulting in the fall of seats from 110 seats to 80 seats.

In the third place is the JD(S), retaining its vote share of 19 per cent, but gains in seats from 28 to 35. The KJP with a vote share of eight per cent is predicted to gain about 12 seats for the first time in the state. This is not enough for Yeddyurappa to play kingmaker as he so openly desires.

Now, if Modi campaigns in Karnataka, there is a high probability that the vote share loss of six per cent could be arrested and perhaps even reversed.

Modi has campaigned in Karnataka on earlier occasions, but what is going to make the difference is the high-decibel pitch in his favour as a potential prime ministerial candidate, which has set the imagination of the urban and middle class voters in Karnataka — as all over India — on fire.

Modi is seen has having a clean, non-corrupt image, and if he can convince the Karnataka voters that that the Karnataka BJP will be following his line of good governance, we might see the voters forgiving the party. The main reason why the voters are put off in the first place is because of the perceived corruption by Yeddyurappa and his cohorts.

But observers say apart from the corruption issue, the biggest drawback for the party is the issue of non-performance. They see present incumbent Jagadish Shettar as a non-functional chief minister. Some perceive Shettar as Yeddyurappa’s man since it was at the instance of the latter that D V Sadananada Gowda was removed as chief minister. Sadananda Gowda was not only seen as non-corrupt, but also as a dynamic chief minister.

It was Yeddyurappa’s fear that Gowda would prevent his return as chief minister that led him to demand the latter’s ouster. It was seen as foolish if not an outright blunder that the BJP high command led by Nitin Gadkari not only tolerated Yeddyurappa’s shenanigans, but also gave in to his irrational demands.

Incidentally, an earlier survey had shown that Sadananda Gowda was the best chief minister between the three of them.

It remains to be seen how the Modi factor plays out. The BJP also realises this and are keen to utilise his services for as long as possible and for as many regions and constituencies as possible. They have chalked out a programme of 15 conventions over about a week in several districts spread over different parts of the state.

They want his help to mainly attract the youth and women, who are clearly impressed by the Gujarat chief minister.

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Sheila’s cruel joke on Delhi’s ‘aam aadmi’



Queen Dikshit: Don’t use electricity if you cannot afford it.

Queen Dikshit: Don’t use electricity if you cannot afford it.

Queen Marie Antoinette of France was a very colourful woman. But her citizens regarded her as cruel. During a period of famine, when she was told people were dying of hunger because they could not afford bread, she is reported to have said: “Let them eat cake instead!”

Our very own Queen of Delhi seems to have made a statement on Sunday, bordering on Antoinette’s style.

Sheila Dikshit is reported to have said something like this on Sunday: If they (citizens of Delhi) cannot afford the high electricity tariff, then they should cut the use of the power.

The Congress party’s chief minister in Delhi, who is under attack for the hike in power tariff, also sought to justify it, saying the increase in cost of power production has led to the rise in electricity rates.

Dikshit said that the consumers will have to pay if they want round-the-clock electricity supply, but went on to say that if people are finding it difficult to pay the billed amount they they should cut down consumption on various electrical appliances.

“We have been supplying power round-the-clock. We are not supplying power periodically. When 24 hours supply is ensured then the Opposition says bill is too high. If you consume electricity for 24 hours, then you do not pay for five hours’ consumption.

“If somebody is finding it difficult to pay the bill then he can use a fan instead of a cooler. One can always cut down consumption of power to limit the bill,” she added.

Dikshit was immediately targeted by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvid Kejriwal: “This is very unfortunate statement from the Chief Minister of Delhi. In Delhi, the electricity prices are not increasing because of increased production cost.”

“How can you expect the people to stop using TV, refrigerator, washing machines which have become essential today. The electricity prices are increasing only because of the corruption of the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in collusion with electricity companies,” Kejriwal added.

The main opposition in the Delhi assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also did not spare her, accusing Dikshit’s government of siding with private power distribution companies (discoms) instead of the citizens of the city-state.

“She (Dikshit) is favouring discoms. There is mass corruption in electricity by the discoms but Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, instead of checking it, is giving statement about electricity being used by poor people,” Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said.

The Twitterati also vented their anger at Sheila Dikshit: feluda @feluda tweeted: “Sharad Pawar said – Don’t eat sugar if you can’t afford. Sheila Dixit says – Don’t use electricity if you can’t afford.”

An apparent BJP supporter going by the handle Modi4PM @SwaruprPhD tweeted: “Cut power use if you can’t afford high bill: Congress CM Sheila. Will Sonia ask people to starve, if they can’t afford high food inflation?”

Journalist, public affairs consultant and ex-actor Sudhir Singh tweeted: “Sheila auntie says if you can’t afford power, don’t use it. Next she could say if you can’t afford rise in food prices, don’t eat ”

An investment analyst/banker Narayanan said: “Mademoiselle Sheila Dixit will soon say if your water bills go up then don’t have bath, So that you will have Minimum Water bills.”

When the French revolution finally came, Marie Antoinette was sent to the guillotine by the angry French people. Fortunately, for Dikshit, no such fate awaits. The only guillotine she faces is the ballot box, for it will spell the end of her political career.



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