The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
Campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections ended on Friday evening in 59 constituencies spread across seven states which will go to polls on May 12 to test the fate of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Digvijay Singh and BJP’s Pragya Singh Thakur among others. Voting will be held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, ten in Haryana, eight seats each in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Bharatiya Janata Party had won 44 of the 59 in the last general elections. A total of 968 candidates are in the fray. That political parties have already begun preliminary parleys even when there are two more rounds of polling to go suggests that almost no party or alliance is confident of a clear win on May 23, the counting day. After the end of the first five phases of polling in the elections to the 17th Lok Sabha, the trends are giving a definite pointer to the emergence of a hung new House in which no national party will have majority to form the government on its own. The BJP finds itself under a great duress in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election. The Modi-Shah duo has a daunting task in the last two phases of election to saving the NDA. The same is the case with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
This election is about those who want to elect Narendra Modi as Prime Minister and those who don’t. Ever since the February 14 terror strike in Pulwama, the saffron brigade has been euphoric of a major success at the polls. Even Modi is ecstatic of the impending scenario. But the situation does not appear to be that rosy. So, the 59 seats spread of seven states going to vote in the sixth phase on May 12 has thus become crucial not only for the BJP but also for the Congress and their alliances, and non-NDA and non-UPA regional parties and alliances. As of now, the trends reported in media show the Congress could see a revival in the Hindi-speaking states only and if the BJP does well in the eastern states and the North East, the BJP can emerge as the largest party exceeding the Congress tally.
After receiving not so encouraging news regarding its prospects in the polls after the initial phases, the BJP for that matter Prime Minister Modi have become desperate. In an unseemly and controversial statement ahead of the fifth phase, the Prime Minister raked up the Bofors controversy with an uncharitable reference to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. And just before the sixth phase he again targeted Gandhi family with reference to using INS Virat as a “personal taxi”. In his speeches Modi refuses to utter a single word on his five-year achievements particularly generating employment is concerned. All said and done, It should not be forgotten than voter turnout can single-handedly change the narrative of mandate and hence it is important that every last citizen comes out to vote.