Monday, October 29, 2012

The Year's Last Contests

The winter has come upon the Indian subcontinent and in this cold season come the last bitter contests of the year. Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP in majority governments, look to be a battleground for the Congress, whose credibility has taken a sharp plunge since the UPA-II Government was formed.

The two states are, however, a study in contrast. In Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi seems unstoppable, looking as he is for a fourth consecutive term, which could make history of sorts in the state. The Congress seems to lack are ammunition of its own, although the dissenting voice of Keshubhai Patel from the BJP is a ray of hope to at least dent Modi's victory margin.

The real battle is Himachal, which is still a cliffhanger. While allegations over corruption in the ruling regime have been made by the Congress State unit, can it seriously hope to stand up in the face of the massive corruption in the Union Government? CM-hopeful Virbhadra Singh's anger at journalists demonstrated just how close the competition really is, as Prem Kumar Dhumal struggles to convince the electorate on one side and manage factions within his own ranks on the other.

Certainly, an exciting contest is on the cards. OTFS brings you some of the top points of discussion in our final election special for the year. 

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