THE COUNTING DAY – it’s the D-Day of the last round of the electoral politics in India before the political slugfest for the grand theatre of the Indian electoral panorama, the General Elections of 2014, begins.

And it is coming on the expected calculations. (Counting for Mizoram is tomorrow.)

It is just matter of time to say if it is 4-0 for BJP or 2-0 for BJP (taking Delhi and Rajasthan from Congress) or 3-0 for BJP (let’s save the comment for final figures on Chhattisgarh) and vice versa – 0-2 or 0-1 for Congress.

And as expected, the debate on Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi is on, relentlessly.

Congress’ decimation in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi puts Rahul Gandhi squarely in the line of fire but the neck to neck fight in Chhattisgarh gives some saving grace to talk about, the much needed help to the most miserable of the Congress lot today – the party spokespersons – facing a herculean task – they have to accept the defeat while not sounding defeated – they have to defend the rout thus – and they have to defend Rahul Gandhi and the Rahul Gandhi factor.

Likewise, the emergence on AAP in Delhi and the neck to neck fight in Chhattisgarh is not allowing the BJP leaders to go over the top in extolling the Narendra Modi factor.

And thankfully, the trends by now are making the case for #AAP – even if the party cannot form the government in Delhi, the huge gains in the national Capital of India are positively unprecedented – so heartily welcomed it is.

And the most hard-hitting of all this is Arvind Kejriwal defeating Sheila Dikshit, the three-term chief incumbent chief minister, from the New Delhi assembly constituency, considered a Sheila Dikshit stronghold.

As the trends say while writing this, if Arvind Kejriwal succeeds in winning the New Delhi assembly constituency from Sheila Dikshit, it will still be symbolically potent enough to tell the political class that it is the time to change.

If a powerful and perceivably popular chief minister loses to an entrant politician, it should be a message bold enough to warn the existing league of political babudom.

The strength of the Symbolism of the ‘politics of change’ must spread.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –

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