By Haider Abbas

Never it has happened that the government servants have been made ‘mandatory’ and forced to listen to BJP PM Narendra Modi speeches. The palpable pressure on BJP can well be understood, to anyhow bolster its sinking fortunes, but the step is also a blatant violation of individual’s rights, apart from setting up yet another example to further saffronise the state apparatus, particularly its administrative fiber.

The latest GO has made it compulsory to all the government employees to listen to Narendra Modi rallies, on TV, Laptop and mobile, in order to keep a track on the TRPs. Why this step? This is due to a fact that government has sensed that people change Tv channels once Narendra Modi comes on the screen. There is already a report, published in Quint Hindi, on August 17, that Modi popularity is just 24% and UP CM Yogi Adityanath is not even in the top five CMs in the country. Another report in The Wire on July 20, has pointed ‘ PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Saw 90% Fall In Revenues in the Last Fiscal’. Mumbai Mirror in September last year had informed over a million dislikes to Modi’s Maan ki Baat on BJP YouTube Channel.

The DM Varanasi letter, dated October 21, was issued keeping into focus the proposed visit of Narendra Modi on October 25 and the programme was to be relayed live on DD, in which the entire district hospitals, community health centers, primary health care centers, wellness centers, para- medical staff, Ayush staff were to be present at their centers and listen to PM’s address, and their group-photograph was to be sent to the district authorities. What happened on the venue, when Narendra Modi addressed was people (brought on rent) deserting the venue leaving the empty seats. And, also it was declared that UP is gifted by the inauguration of nine-medical colleges! Mainstream media went gaga on it, but the reality is far from worse! The touted medical colleges to have been inaugurated were in districts Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. But, thanks to social-media, which brought into the real picture as Fatehpur medical college has not as yet been constructed! Modi was announced to have attained a milestone in the field of medical facilities, whereas, the truth is that UP was subsumed into a death-well during the COVID-19 second wave as death-pyres burnt everywhere as UP government had put Tin- walls to hide them. UPites are in a quandary that it was only in April 2020, where UP reeled under ‘deaths’ for want of oxygen, that within a few months UP turned out to have made nine-medical colleges! Shame be with it for playing with people’s sentiments. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, BJP MP from Fatehpur, should have eaten pie, as even an under-constructed hospital has been inaugurated?

The preparations for Narendra Modi’s speech on October 25, turned out to be a super flop, as social-media videos portray a different picture, unlike, what other BJP centric media channels show. There are videos abound, which show people leaving the venue, seats vacant in large numbers while PM Narendra Modi spoke. No one was allowed to put-on even a black shirt or a kurta, as BJP feared it could have been used to show a black-flag to PM. Similar scenes, of people abandoning the site, as UP CM Ajay Singh Bisht addressed in Kanpur on September 30, were also witnessed.                 

BJP which showcased itself as a party of zero-tolerance for corruption is now deep into it, as its own outgoing LG Satya Pal Malik from J&K has openly accused BJP/RSS stalwarts of it. There is now a slugfest between him and RSS Ram Madav, whom he did not name, and had referred that he was offered a sum of Rs 200 Cr in exchange of a ‘sign’ on a project-deal of Ambani! He also accused BJP government of high-corruption in Goa. But, still he wants to act as a mid-wife between the protesting farmers and BJP government over the three anti- farmers’ laws. He is right now the Governor of Meghalaya. Modi, government, keeping an eye on UP elections, may also withdraw the laws, and reinstate them, after winning the polls, but such a possibility is nonetheless not possible, owing to the obduracy which Modi government has shown since September 2020. Repealing the laws is not impossible now.

The immediate fallout of BJP government failures, on probably everything inside, is to be very soon seen in UP, which is slated to hit the polls in the next six-months, and the most probable government is to be run by Akhilesh Yadav, who has very successfully stitched-out coalitions and partnerships with many smaller parties, particularly apart from non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav SCs.

 

People are openly ‘walking-off’ the BJP programmes whereas mammoth crowds are thronging the rallies of Akhilesh Yadav. The latest was the Bhagidari Mahapanchayat at Mau, which consisted of deprived sections, OBCs, Dalits and minorities. It was addressed by Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party Om Prakash Rajbhar together on October 27.

There is what can be seen as the hardest anti-incumbency wave in UP. Let’s see what happens by March 2022.

The writer is a former UP State Information Commissioner and a political analyst.

 

 

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