May 13 marked a decisive day for politics in Indian states of Tamilnadu & West Bengal. Mamta Banerjee (alias Didi) & Jayalalitha won by record margins in WB & TN respectively. The voters gave a clear mandate thereby voting for a stable governments in these states.
Both the states had a record turnout of votes. The elections were characterized by corruption, pay for votes controversy, un-civlized usage of language, abuse, charges & counter charges, etc.
Prior to elections, TN was gripped with the 2G controversy where DMK’s high profile ministers were found guilty of corrupt practices in allotting 2g licenses. The issue bloated to large proportions so much so that the minister had to quit & face legal trial.
On the other hand, WB was dominated & ruled by Left government for 34 long years (yes, you read it correct – 34 years). The state has been tackling with issues of economic developments of its people. The quitting of TATA’s high profile NANO project added a perfect element to mark the end of the left gov. The state stands a long history of labor issues, strikes, et al. This had an adverse impact on the business houses running their HQs from Calcutta (Sorry, Kolkatta 🙂 ).
The results in both the states demonstrate one clear fact – the leaders in today’s politics can no longer take the general public for granted. Development should be the sole goal of anybody who comes to power. Anything else (read as corruption) can prove detrimental to their future. Its a wake up alarm for Congress-led central government to get some reforms done, put a full-stop to corruption & think beyond the politics of caste-based reservation. 2012-2013 is just a year ahead !