The three farm legal guidelines have lastly been withdrawn. The Prime Minister himself introduced this in his handle to the nation on Friday on the event of Gurpurab. But as a substitute of welcoming the initiative, farmers are nonetheless on the warpath. They have categorically acknowledged six extra calls for and had a mammoth Kisan Mahapanchayat in Lucknow. It was anticipated that with the announcement, farmers would return to their properties, happy and victorious. Instead, a brand new debate has began – has the PM made a mistake by conceding their calls for?
An even bigger debate maybe is whether or not the announcement has modified issues on the bottom. Will it assist the BJP neutralise the anger of farmers, particularly in UP? Or will it assist different events who can declare Modi has conceded a giant mistake? In Punjab, will ex-Congress Chief Minister Amarinder Singh acquire from the early stand he took in favour of the farmers’ motion, or will it’s Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party or AAP which is able to leverage this higher? Remember that Kejriwal had visited the protesting farmers and instructed them his authorities would prolong every kind of help.
It is on this context that Kejriwal’s journey to Punjab simply three days after Modi’s announcement ought to be seen. But as a substitute of going large on the farm legal guidelines being repealed, he tried to seize the creativeness of the ladies of the state like Nitish Kumar did in Bihar and just like what Priyanka Gandhi is making an attempt in UP. He introduced what he termed because the world’s largest ‘girls allowance’ scheme: every girl above the age of 18 years in every family shall be given a thousand rupees each month, and this shall be straight deposited of their account if his social gathering varieties the federal government in Punjab. If his announcement is any indicator, then it will possibly safely be mentioned that he’s skeptical of his help to farmers guaranteeing him sufficient votes to win Punjab.
Kejriwal’s technique may very well be based mostly on the truth that all political events besides the BJP supported the farmers’ agitation, so it is probably not AAP alone that advantages from the cancellation of the farm legal guidelines. Amarinder Singh not solely supported the motion however met Home Minister Amit Shah to persuade him that farmer calls for ought to be met because the unrest was additionally essential from the nationwide safety perspective. Amarinder Singh has left the Congress however the prime management of the social gathering together with Rahul Gandhi have been at all times sympathetic to the farmers’ trigger. The new Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, had even demanded a memorial for the farmers who died in the course of the agitation. He had additionally promised to pay compensation to the subsequent of kin of the farmers who died. So Amarinder Singh’s exit won’t affect the voting behaviour of the agitating farmers in the direction of the Congress. The Akali Dal, which initially supported the farm legal guidelines, exited from the Modi authorities in September, 2020 and ended its alliance with the BJP. But the social gathering isn’t going to learn from the breakup though it very well tied up with Mayawati’s BSP which has a superb presence among the many Dalit voters.
With Amarinder Singh organising his personal social gathering, the Congress vote is prone to be break up. The Congress additionally has to deal with the revolt of Navjot Singh Sindhu, its state president. AAP ought to have been in a position subsequently to take a transparent lead. But that doesn’t appear to be the case – not less than not but. AAP was forecast to simply win the 2017 Punjab election, however the Congress took the state. AAP, as the primary Opposition social gathering, ought to have spent the final 5 years increasing its visibility and constructing on its basis, however AAP’s Punjab leaders spent the time preventing with one another. Their large leaders in Punjab both left the social gathering or have been pressured to exit. This lastly resulted in AAP profitable solely certainly one of Punjab’s 13 Lok Sabha seats in 2019. And it was decimated within the native physique elections19 months later.
There is not any denying that after AAP has established an enormous footprint in Punjab after Delhi. But the social gathering for my part has to beat the after-effects of the next errors it made:
1. Did not construct an organisation
2. Did not let a frontrunner emerge from the Punjab unit
3. Did not apologise for the errors it made in 2017
4. Did not current an alternate blueprint for the event of the state
A bit of AAP’s Punjab leaders have been seen as flirting with undesirable extremist components of Punjab politics. And Kejriwal appears to have reverted to conventional politics relatively than the choice mannequin that makes his social gathering so interesting. So, the freebies. Kejriwal’s free electrical energy and water gimmicks labored in Delhi as a result of they have been wrapped within the ethical ideas of alternate politics. These gimmicks lose their sharpness when supplied by means of conventional politics. This is what AAP could actually be up in opposition to in Punjab.
(Ashutosh is Author and Editor, satyahindi.com.)
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