Results of General Elections in 2004 were a shock to most of the political analysts, who predicted a thumping win of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government. But it was the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) who won the Elections and formed the Coalition Government under Dr. Man Mohan Singh (MMS). I, on my personal behalf, was doubtful whether this coalition will last five years of their tenure smoothly, because of the vested interests of various different poles of Indian Politics with different ideologies came together (e.g. Communists supported UPA from outside). But they proved me wrong by completing their tenure, although in the later half Communists withdrew their support over Nuclear Deal with the US, leaving MMS in a state of dilemma. Whatever be the case, if we observe the overall performance of the UPA Government, they will get a negative review all the way long. Perhaps MMS was the weakest PM India has ever seen. He failed on every front. Below are the various reasons why I think UPA should not return to power.
1. TERRORISM: This is perhaps the biggest issue in their tale of failures. UPA scrapped the Prevention Of Terrorism Act (POTA) formed by NDA as soon as they gained charge. This resulted into increase in terrorist activities throughout the country with exponential rate. Deaths due to terrorist attacks were at all time high and Mumbai terror attack of 26/11 was termed as the worst attack ever in the history. New targets in the form of small cities were formed by terrorists and every now and then there was chaos. The police and Intelligence agencies were feeling helpless in front of these cruel 'Death Traders'.
2. PRICE HIKE: The prices of every commodity increased to its maximum level ever during these past five years. Rate of Inflation rose to new heights breaking the backs of common man. Government was unable to control it. The basic food items like grains, fruits, spices etc. were out of the reach of the public. Interest Rates for Home Loans etc. increased drastically and the middle class felt the heat of it.
3. VOLATILE MARKET: Unscrupulous speculation and predictions by the Finance Minister (FM) led to more volatile share markets. First, it rose to its new heights which attracted scores of new investors. But due to loose policies it came down crashing causing millions of investors to loose their hard earned money. Many suicide cases all over the country were observed due to loss in shares. Many people lost their jobs because of resource shredding followed by companies to match their losses. FM was unable to stabilize markets and every measure he took to improve conditions backfired.
4. CASTE BASED RESERVATION: I strongly believe that if this stunt of 'vote politics' did not happen, I would not have been ended up rotting in JIIT. Reservations in Higher Education Entrance Exams and Jobs on the basis of caste led to many violent protests all over the country, but our HRD minister did not change his decision. Perhaps he was eyeing the long term political benefits. This decision increased the hatred among the different sections of society which is divided on the basis of caste. I believe this Jinn of Reservation which was released can prove to be the last nail in the coffin of UPA.
5. DUMMY PM: The funniest part of the tale is the formation of MMS as PM. After their win in the Elections in 2004, speculations were made that the next PM will be Mrs. Sonia Gandhi (SG), although protests in other political arena over her foreign origin was vibrant. She shocked the world by stepping aside stating 'her inner voice' and appointed MMS to take charge. No one had thought of her long term plan to place MMS as a dummy PM and gaining the title of 'Raajmata' alongside. In reality, the Government acted from 10, Janpath (Residence of SG) and MMS proved to be a 'Rubber Stamp' PM. The best example of his Political Impotency was the 'Cash For Vote' scam where in their desperation to save the government after Communists left, they allegedly purchased the MPs from other parties to vote in their favor when No-Confidence Motion was forced. They ended up somehow saving their government, but it was pathetic.
After all these reasons which I just stated, I don't think there is any need to explain any more. I believe every reader, or every citizen who is eligible to vote is directly or indirectly linked to any or all of these reasons. So, when you go to vote, keep these reasons in mind and choose the worthier candidate.