With this evening all voting, hopefully, would be over. Why HOPEFULLY? Because there is every possibility that some re-polling might be in the offing for the captured booths etc etc..
What is interesting is that there is a screen that has been held between the Electorate and the Political Parties and that SCREEN will be lifted from this evening on. If politics is the ART OF THE POSSIBLE, one will get adequate dosage of that adage from now on.
What was the purpose of the screen?
Very elementary, in TAMILNADU Jayalalitha does not want to be seen to be close to the BJP, as that might irk the minority voters and before the end of elections, if that hand is opened, it would be like showing your hand when TRUMPS are still held by your opponents.
The above theory is very well exemplified by the allegations made by the LJP leader Mr.Paswan, when he said that Mr. Nitish Kumar had shed his SHEEP’S CLOTHING and shook hands besides sharing the dais with Mr.Modi of Gujarat after the last voter had cast his vote in Bihar.
Before the polling is complete every POLITICIAN is wary of disclosing that he/she is PRACTISING THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE! But after the Elections, he/she trusts the Amnesia of the voters and practises it consummately.
Mrs.Jayanti Natarajan of the Congress, when asked by Vikram Chandra of NDTV, as to whether INC would align with AIADMK, if the AIADMK+ were to obtain 30+ MP seats in TN, this morning (13th May, 2009), she was uncomfortable answering the question but REAFFIRMED that DMK were their partners and they (INC) do not have such ideas. Well said.
All these stances taken by the spokespersons of the political parties are nothing but SCREENS that have been held by the Political parties to keep the fence sitters and believers of news channels lulled into a feeling of smugness.
Once the screen is lifted this evening, the News channels would start churning out the various possibilities as they would no more labour under the Supreme Court’s advisory of not publishing opinion polls before the last vote is polled. I am very much sure that the NEWS Channels are not going to reveal anything that our Politicians have not already thought through.
The interesting scenario would be in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as the state assembly elections are also held simultaneously. Besides the distinction shown by the voters (like voting for one party for Assembly and another for the parliament), the post election scenario of alignments, realignments would be interesting to watch. Mr.Naveen Patnaik is in a real bind- whether to RETURN TO THE VOMIT or form an alliance with the INC!!
THE TRAGEDY is that all the HORSE TRADING, PLEDGING SUPPORT, GIVING LETTERS OF SUPPORT, MAKING PRO STATEMENTS are all going to be done in the interest of FORMATION OF THE GOVERNMENT. After all we Indians will have to have a Government.
Waiting for the screen to be lifted and the ACTORS enact their parts with consummate style and lull us again (hopefully) for another 5 years is a mounting temptation hard to contain for me.
LONG LIVE INDIA AND A DEMOCRATIC INDIA.