Roundup of the Battle for Bangalore

So the BJP won resoundingly in the BBMP elections and secured an overwhelming strength of 141 in the council. This is the first ever election to the council since the BBMP was formed in 2007. With all the modesty I can muster, I’ll say I had expected a comfortable BJP victory unlike most who had predicted a hung verdict and/or Congress victory. Seriously, the BJP had everything going for it as we shall see.

But first, to give credit where it’s due, the media morons outdid themselves in their historical stupidity by predicting 85-90 seats for the BJP, 70-85 for the Congress and rest to the JD(S) and proclaimed a hung verdict and spun yarns about kingmaking and similar tripe. Their reasoning? The BJP’s “pathetic performance in the past two years,” “crumbling infrastructure,” “power cuts,” “moral policing,” “closing pubs at 11:30 PM,” “failure on all fronts,” etc. And they further argued that infighting, and the Congress’ 5-decade hold over the city corporation gave it a “definite edge.” In other words, like always, the media was campaigning on behalf of the Congress party. And now that its pet party has woefully lost, it’s now supplying the same tired excuses on the Congress party’s behalf. Two samples:

Deccan Herald stoops to a record new low:

For the party, the result is the outcome of a carefully crafted political strategy. Firstly, it did not totally sideline long-time grassroot party workers while distributing tickets. As a result the BJP faced much lesser rebel trouble compared to its principal opponent, the Congress…Noticing that voters tend to tilt towards the party in power, the BJP worked out its electoral game plan – a slew of promises from easing traffic congestion to sops for slum-dwellers were announced…People might not have beleived what the leaders promised. But they decided to go with the ruling party probably hoping that it is better to have corporators belonging to the ruling party in the State…There was a sudden show of unity in the party during the run-up to the elections. Legislators campaigned fairly sincerely for the candidates in their respective Assembly segments. The CM went on a whirlwind tour of Bangalore and also criss-crossed the City outskirts.

The Slimes lives up to our expectations from it:

The low voter turnout of 44% seemed to have vindicated the Congress-JD(S) grievance of voter apathy. Both parties were banking upon the BJP’s attempts to defer the elections as the major plank for the voters to turn in their favour.

Overall, there has been no miraculous makeover of Bangalore in the past 22 months by the BJP government, but the sheer campaign of making the city better with a plethora of assurances seemed to have made the difference favouring their victory.

But here’s the thing: post elections, these selfsame media retards wrote triumphantly about how the low voter turnout might backfire on the BJP! And that’s a formulaic repetition: in case of a Congress victory, gloat about its superior strategy, good work, popular perception, etc and characterize a BJP victory as a negative victory. Which brings us to examine the real causes for a BJP win and simultaneously expose media myths.

  • People aren’t blind: The past two years have seen frenzied infrastructure activity at a pace witnessed perhaps only during SM Krishna’s regime. And it’s not just the civic works but other areas as well. For example, the BMTC (local bus transport) has come in for exceptional praise on several counts: profitablity (the only profit making state-owned transport corporation in the whole country), innovative schemes (the Bus Day was a big success) and the like. Those cribbing about traffic woes need to note that they can’t have it both ways: a city that’s trying desperately to catch up needs its people to have patience for a better future. The newly-created semi-urban and rural wards have also seen work happening at a dizzying pace: drain works, (work in progress for) 24-hour water supply, good roads, door to door garbage collection, and the like. And no prizes for guessing that these wards come under BJP MLAs. Small wonder that this translated into BJP candidates winning the BBMP polls. And it’s equally unsurprising that the media hasn’t reported any of these developments lest it hurt its paymaster.
  • Power Cuts: Power cuts have been a fact of life since time immemorial throughout India. The media that invariably paints SM Krishna’s rule as the Golden Age conveniently glosses over the fact that Bangalore faced power cuts even in that age. The point is any government would’ve inherited this problem but the media deception lies in portraying this as a BJP-created problem. Aside, the media also forgets the situation in neighbouring Maharashtra, which had surplus power just 15 years ago. Two and half successive Congress governments have propelled the state into a powerless abyss.
  • Intra party politics: The Karnataka BJP has its own share of infighting but the media has displayed an obscene delight in blowing it out of proportion. Its obsession with the Reddy Brothers is quite astounding. I hold no candle for the Brothers but here’s the thing: had the Reddy Brothers been in the Congress camp, would the media spotlight be on them? We know the answer already: just look at Andhra Pradesh. YSR & Sons run a far more extensive mining empire and continues to use the foulest of methods to keep it well-oiled. Yet not one media eminence has dared to report on the extent of atrocities he has committed both on people and the environment. But it’s free run with Reddy Brothers.
  • Strategic Campaigning: This media-supplied excuse tries to sound so naive that it stretches the limits of belief. What was the media/Congress party thinking? That the BBMP elections is some hide and seek game that children play? In reality, the Congress party must thank sheer luck or God or whatever for winning 65 seats given that it merely feigned an attempt at wooing voters. Nothing else can explain the loss of Govindarajnagar, its historically impregnable fortress. Out of the 9 wards in the area, the BJP swept 8 and the JD(s) bagged 1.
  • Early closing of Pubs, etc: This is idiotic to say the least. Seriously, how many voters even consider this a vote-deciding issue? More importantly, what percentage of the pub-going population actually vote? But then you get this kind of “analysis” when you employ well-dressed retards at factories like the Slimes of India.
  • Miraculous makeover of Bangalore in 22 months: Right. And pigs can fly. Well-dressed retards at work again who forget what happened post 2004. The political inertia between 2004-2008 is really responsible for the mess that Bangalore faces today. Besides, didn’t someone tell Slimes that it is bad practice to believe in miracles? The Slimes can’t have it both ways: if it blames the government for traffic woes because infastructure works are underway, it must STFU when no miraculous makeovers happen.

In the end, the Congress party lost miserably because of these and several other minor reasons and must accept defeat with grace. The same goes for its media stooges who need to stop overestimating their imaginary strength. As for the JD(S), the woman with sticks on her head finally crumbled under its weight. But Deve Gowda must be commended for his audacity to dream that he’d win 30+ seats. The urban populace regards him with worse than contempt–calling a political rival a bastard and whore-son doesn’t fetch votes. Raking up the NICE issue proved a non-starter and in some cases, counterproductive: ask any Bangalorean why. Additionally, people aren’t amused when the former Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy asserts that it is okay to let criminals contest elections.

The BJP’s victory is well-deserved but it remains to be seen how it delivers on the mandate.

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27 comments for “Roundup of the Battle for Bangalore

  1. June 12, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    “Slimes of India” – Well put!

  2. Jay patel
    April 27, 2010 at 4:33 AM

    I’m glad I read this article…We need more journalist who speak the truth! I don’t understand why the media is so pro-Congress…does the Media not want a strong, healthy India? I hope we have more truth speaking Media persons. God bless you “The Rediscovery of India” for posting the truth….and I hope you will continue to do so, and more Media outlets join you!

  3. Hemant
    April 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    “Dizzying pace”? Such self-delusion is unbelievable!

  4. Jiggs
    April 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Sandeep…Superb analysis, I would put it to the ToI which is saying “That no development has been seen in the past 22 months……..”

    No development has been seen in the country for the past 62 years, yet Congress gets elected.

  5. Kedar
    April 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Hi Vrushana:

    is “vrushana” your name, or you know your samskritam well ?

  6. Vrushana
    April 9, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    See on offstumped. Guy there says he saw BJP bribe. Congratulations we have a corrupt party ruling. blogbration ( celebration ) an’t gonnu take us na ware.

  7. Sid
    April 9, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Madhusudan ,

    You did not notice the last sentence. Of late, slimes are trying hard with few pro-Hindu articles and blogs thrown in their site (like Tarun Vijay’s blog) but they would not put any such articles in print version. I thought India Today is approaching similar route.

    Someone here talked about Roy’s article. Roys of India are like wasps, you try to avoid them, they will make more sound. Ignore them and you will have a bad time initially but they will not come near you.

  8. Ajay
    April 9, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Nice. Somebody should get the slimes to read this post loudly at-least twice.

  9. Sansarchandra
    April 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    The media has gone silent after BJP came to power in the Bengaluru Municipal elections. The amount of control that the Congress party exerts over the media is unbelievable. It therefore felt good to read an article in an English newspaper which was very objective in exposing the link between the maoist, missionaries and that of the Congress party. The country is at a very dangerous crossroad. http://www.dnaindia.com/opinion/main-article_dynasty-vs-government_1368625. Read the article and form your own conclusion. Readers of this blog always knew about this threat, but it felt good that there are still some people in the media who are willing to speak the truth. As seadog4227 mentions, I too had stopped buying the Slimes and her sisters newspaper more than 4 years back. The news that they use to dish out used to be selective and distorted to serve their political masters. Better not to speak about the bunch of disgusting morons acting as their editor, newsreporters and columnists.

  10. Ravi kiran
    April 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Good to see media damned this way ..

  11. Madhusudan
    April 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Sid,
    India today is no more pro-Hindu. I heard the leadership changed hands sometime back and has not adopted a mood of hindu bashing.
    we are living in very unfortunate times.

  12. Kaangeya
    April 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Another Inglorious Defeat for the thug and crook. I won’t use that term. If I want to abuse Deve, I will abuse him. I won’t abuse his parents. I will not stoop to Deve’s level. I am better than that.

  13. Ranger
    April 8, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Sandeep, I am waiting for your response to Susanna Roy’s maoist propaganda piece on Outlook…..

  14. Ram
    April 8, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    @prachestas – The development of roads, lighitng, drains, sewers, pedestrian walkways, plantation in road bifurcation etc. in the last 10 months in Whitefield area has been amazing. I show all my relatives who come from Chennai about the works and told them to compare with that in Chennai. Everyone of my relatives were amused by the standard of work and most of the work was carried out in the night time without disturbing the traffic. The local MLA, who is also the higer education minister in the Karnataka cabinet is the person incharge for this area.
    I cannot digest the result at all where BJP lost all the wards except 1 and Congress won all of them. Recently the minister remarked that “it might be due to some infighting and lack of co-ordination within the party workers” the reason for defeat.

  15. Sid
    April 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Sandeep,

    Good analysis. BJP is traditionally strong in Maharastra-Gujrat-MP area. Winning any election with such majority is a commendable act, but winning a Bangaluru election is far easier than winning in cities like Benaras (at one time it had a strong hold there) or Delhi.

    Anand,

    What is happening to India today? Are they this desperate? Do not they recognize that this kind of reporting would soon brand them as communal bigots? May be, it is trying to capture “Internet Hindu” market, slimes style.

  16. Jai71
    April 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    I came here to post the India Today link – Anand had beaten me to it!

    Jai!

  17. Anand Upadhyay
    April 7, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    @ sandeep – maybe you would want to dig on this http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/89840/Inhuman+rights.html?page=0

  18. Vivek
    April 7, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Infrastructure turnaround is excellent in Bangalore.
    Many of my colleagues had no doubt who they were voting for.
    Once the power cut issue get sorted out, may be through out Karnataka, by taking some examples from Gujarat, BJP will gather even more strength.
    I am ashamed that people of my state, AP are unable to realize what congress is capable of when it comes to racing backward to stone age!

  19. Ranger
    April 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Looks like Karnataka and Gujarat are the last bastions of sanity left in India.

  20. April 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    The ‘Power Cut’ cause is indeed nothing new.
    Let me tell you small joke about it :

    Whenever there is power cut in America, people call Power Office.
    Whenever there is power cut in japan, people themselves fix fuse.
    Whenever there is power cut in India, people look at their neighbour homes, if they are dark then everything is alright, if not they fight with them.

  21. prachestas
    April 7, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    @Ram

    Can we analyse more on why we have 180 degree shift in you area ?. What do you think is the reason for this inspite of all the good work

  22. Ram
    April 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Sandeep, well presented.
    However I am upset for the setback to BJP in the Mahadevapura area (where I stay). I am overwhelmed by the way the government did roads, streetlights, platforms and drains in our area, but the result was 180 degree out of proportion.
    This victory should give the BJP more strength and resolve to fight the always barking opposition.

  23. viva
    April 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Bang on Sandeep.

    For those who seem to have forgotten, SM Krishna or any of the other jokers that followed did nothing for the citizens of Bangalore.
    SM Krishna ‘s Chief Ministership is to be blamed for the infrastructure mess that Bangalore had degenerated into.All he did was welcome MNCs , made it easy for businesses (and Cafe Coffee Day) to be set up in the city.Bangalore was a sexy destination – easy come and easy go.

    But what did his Bangalore 2020 vision document look like ?
    Or did he even have one? Why am going that far ? Did he think beyond 2004 ?
    Obviously not.
    Because if he had planned for the future of the city and the citizens wellbeing, the BJP would not have inherited a filthy , overgrown city.

    So what did BJP get in 2008 ?
    They got a city that had grown from a population of about 6 million to 10 million in 2005 (against an infra which could probably support upto 4 million people), a city that had a rise in vehicular traffic of 14 % (without any corresponding increase in road space/public transport). Infact, the public transport system had slipped to such an all time low that there was actually a decline in public transportation !
    Average vehicle speed in the city was anywhere between from 8-10 km ! BBMP then, undertook some weird widening of roads, 40,000 to 50,000 avenue trees were logged, thus depleting the city’s green cover They totally ignored and violated the The Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 in many cases. And in the end, none of this solved the problems as these were all pea brained solution. The so called world class city also suffered a grossly inadequate airport. For all the excitement of having the biggest and best brands doing business out of India, they all existed in their own microcosm and did not depend on the citys infrastructure.
    To anyone living here, it is apparent that the decay is finally being removed.

    In a way,it was Krishnas policies and lack of a long terms strategy of sustainable growth that handed over Bangalore and Karnataka to BJP.
    Thank you SM !

  24. seadog4227
    April 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Well written and researched Sandeep !
    My daily dose of news now comes ONLY from the internet: ignoring all the biased newspapers keeps me in good health!!

  25. Rohit
    April 6, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    I’d say, let the dogs bark to their satisfaction. After-all that’s what barking dogs can do at best. And when they receive no attention they’ll stop and walk away with their tails btwn their legs.

  26. Manish
    April 6, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    One way to discourage biased (biased is an understatement) and one way reporting by news outlets is to attribute the cost of news report as an expense incurred by the political party which is being favoured. The big question remains is that who will analyse such articles and give verdict on whether or not an article is biased. The government surely cannot be trusted. One way could be we from a loose group of people on the internet, who collect such articles, rate them, and publish a detailed report after each election. We’ll have to come up with a formula based on readership/viewership of the news outlet and its reach, size of the news article and its impact. What does some of the enlightened readers of this site and other similar sites think of this idea?

  27. Deepak
    April 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Hi,

    This is really brilliant, one of the best election analysis I have read.

    Great going! Hope to read more from you.

    Rgds, Deepak

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