The narrative is that we should not allow India to be looted like in the past 70 years. Look at how our parents and grand parents voted in the last 70 years:
1951: Congress won a landslide – Won 364 of the 489 seats; 48 million or 45% of the popular vote; 4 times more votes than the closest party.
1957: Congress won 371 of the 494 seats; 58 million or 48% of popular vote; a positive swing of 2.8%; five times more votes than the closest party.
1962: Congress won 361/494 seats and polled 45% votes; 4.5 times of it’s closest rival.
1967: Post Nehru era. Indira Gandhi reigned. Congress won 283/520 seats. Vote share dwindled to 41%. The Swatantra Party with 8.8% vote share and headed by C Rajagopala Chari became a contender. DMK emerged and won a landslide in TN. Economy suffered post 1962 and 1965 wars and growth slumped to 2 4% from a promised 5.6% and Congress suffered.
1971: The first serious opposition that Indira faced. A United coalition with 6 parties get together. Congress won 352/520 seats with a vote share of 44% against the coalitions 24%. Congress had a positive swing of 3% vote share. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, a political arm of RSS, made it’s debut with 7.35% votes and won 22 seats. Jana Sangh and Communist were in a coalition to oppose INC and Indira Gandhi. The objective was to dethrone Indira Gandhi.
1977: The post emergency election had a determined and united opposition fighting as Janata alliance under the Lok Dal symbol. They won 345/542 seats with 51% vote share INC alliance won 189 seats only with a 41% vote share. Morarji Desai was one of the leaders along with Jagjivan Ram, Acharya Kriplani, Raj Narayan, Charan Singh and Jai Prakash Narayan. He was JP’s choice when consensus failed. In 1979, He resigned after infighting and Charran Singh took over. In 1980, after a prolonged period of instability, elections were held again.
1980: Indira Gandhi voted back. Wins 374/542 seats; 43% vote share. 9% positive swing. Opposition routed.
1984: Indira Assassinated and Rajiv Gandhi emerged to lead Congress. Wins 414/542 seats; 49% vote share; 6% vote swing. Landslide.
1989: Bofors, Sri Lanka and terrorism in Punjab takes it’s toll. Congress with 197/542 and 40% vote share is the largest party but the opposition led by VP Singh forms a post poll coalition and forms Govt. BJP led by LK Advani wins 85 seats with 11% vote share.
1991: United opposition lasts just 16 months. Rajiv Gandhi assassinated during elections. PV Narasimha Rao becomes the PM. Congress wins 244/542 seats.
1996: AB Vajpayee forms a coalition government. BJP has just 20% vote share and wins 161/542 seats.
1999: Mid term elections. BJP Consolidates, Wins 182 seats with 23% vote share. Forms a coalition again.
2004: Congress makes a come back. BJP loses vote share and seats. Sonia refuses to be PM. Man Mohan Singh chosen to lead the nation.
2009: Congress increases vote share by 3% to 29% and wins 206 seats. Forms a government again. MMS continues as PM.
The question of why Gandhi family was repeatedly voted to power must go to our parents and grandparents. They tried others, but came back to Congress. BJP ruled for 7 years and they rejected BJP and voted Congress Back. Why? The policies that made India, had their approval. And they persisted with that choice we despise today.
Maybe they were wrong all along.
Or Maybe, they made a wise choice that is beyond our understanding. Maybe, they understood that our secular and social fabric must be protected. Maybe, they understood that governance and religion are mutually exclusive. Maybe..
But, blame your parents before you blame Congress and Gandhi ‘s for ruining this country. And if possible, try talking to them on why they made that choice..One of you would be wiser…And maybe, it will Dawn on you of what true patriotism is all about..
Because, sone day, your children will ask you why you voted for BJP and why you didn’t see their devious and evil designs.