The Grand (alleged) Conspiracy
I once read somewhere “Not everything is a conspiracy, only the important stuff”.
Learning about conspiracies or grand strategies drafted and played at the highest levels of power always gives a rush. One is always eager to listen to such stories because it dazzles them beyond their wildest imagination. Because you can never think of the things that people/organizations do to retain their position or get to the top.
Say in politics, what is the next big move of Modi? or what is Rahul planning to do next to trounce BJP? We get answers to such questions only once has all been done. We think that these politicians and ministers must know everything and that they see it all from such close quarters. Well that’s not true. I am in the industry of politics and I have met many politicians, MPs and MLAs alike. And from what I have learned and observed they are also not fully aware of the big games. Such games concern only the crème de la crème of politics. Only certain trusted lieutenants know and run the show and others are as clueless as we are.
I made the above point because I want to impress upon the fact that big games are played in extremely closed quarters and even though you might think that you are so deep in the organization you may be completely unaware.
Politicians are the smartest bunch of people I have met. They may not be able to solve a differential equation but they can scan a person in seconds, they plan things years or even decades ahead of time and they are great executioners. Rahul Gandhi has become the laughing stock for quite some time now. Names like Pappu or Buddhu are associated very naturally with him. If we can see that the man is incompetent, that he can’t strike a chord with the people or that he can never inspire people the way Modi or even Jyotiraditya Scindia can then doesn’t the Congress top brass see that too. Are they so foolish or arrogant to absolutely rubbish these realities. Do they have no Plan B at all !!
Yes they do. Modi has taken the center stage in Indian Politics since past 2-3 years with his development model, oratory and powerful personality. He has done great work in Gujarat and has flaunted every bit of it too making him impossible to ignore. Leave Congress it is difficult to find any leader in any party in India today who can match his credentials and qualities.
Congress must have realized it long ago (say after UP or Bihar debacle) that Rahul can never compete with Modi and that they need someone else. Ofcourse picking someone from the the pool of Congress politicians is just in violation of Section A of Congress’ constitution which says “Gandhis are always on top”. So what to do. It is not easy to find a solution to this pickle you know. But as I said these politicians spot people in the first glance and even turn problems into opportunities.
Dark clouds loomed over Congress as a spate of scams were unearthed in 2010-2011. In comes Anna movement and his brigade of activists. One is an SC lawyer, one is an ex IPS officer, one is an IITian-IRS-activist, one is a Swami and many more. But wait, who was that third one – IITian-IRS-activist? Lets call him A.
- Can he speak well and gain people’s confidence – yes infact he speaks quite well.
- Does he appeal to youth because they are the undecided voters (who love Modi too) and are the game changers in an election – yes he is quite popular in youth.
- Can he say a story of being an honest, people serving, sacrificing leader (of which Rahul Gandhi is the opposite) – yes yes yes he is all those things.
Well, we may have the solution for Modi !! “Call madam, she might want to take a look into this one”.
You see Modi is a strong personality and he has shifted the focus of 2014 LS elections from party to himself (individual). Since Modi has changed the game so drastically Congress realizes that to counter him they need another personality. Party and ideals rhetoric wont do. Because it is no more BJP vs INC (communal vs secular or High caste vs Backward caste or business sympathizers vs poor sympathizers), it is more than that. All the above aspects are just a part of it. It is about a clean, strong PM candidate vs all parties of India and their cliches. That’s why many people who may not be fans of BJP want to vote for it because they trust Modi. It is not like 1999 where people wanted BJP against Congress.
Anna movement ends and Anna plans to resurface with the same demands in a couple of months. But now there is a rift in the Anna team. Some people led by A are demanding to enter into politics. Anna is taken aback as to how did that thought cross their mind. “We are activists and it is our job to keep pressure on the Govt to do good work, we are the fifth pillar of democracy, we can’t enter electoral fray, we will lose tack of what we set out to do”. But this team had made up its mind. And they broke apart and formed a party.
In the meanwhile the fourth pillar of democracy (Media) is busy creating a personality cult around A. Making him the fresh face of clean politics of India. Since youth don’t connect to Rahul make them connect to this guy. The youth must completely trust and follow this guy as the hope for India. Something that Modi had managed to do for himself and hence he had become the greatest danger to Congress.
So A starts off with one state, the capital, the heart of India. Since most of our National media channels are Delhi based anyway the “tyranny of distance” wont be an excuse for not giving 100% floodlight attention to A and his new party. Now Congress is going to lose and BJP will garner all the votes that it loses. So it is the most earnest attempt of Congress that the anti-congress vote gets divided between BJP and A so that BJP is kept out of action. Initially people speculated that A will split anti congress votes and finally Congress will win again in Delhi. This was speculated to be the master strategy of Congress. Yes to win back a state that has 7 MP seats!! Those think tanks are much better than this, don’t insult them like this.
What Congress was eying at was LS 2014. Delhi elections are just a stepping stone to make A such a popular figure that he can stand up to Modi in the LS elections 2014. “A” may not damage Modi completely but even if 10-15 urban seats across India can be snatched away from Modi (not necessarily meaning victory for A but to cut votes) it can mean that BJP is restricted to a smaller number and Congress will give outside support to a third front Govt and then fell it in a couple of years to come back to power. Well yes history may repeat itself.
So A was not being prepared to be a vote cutter in Delhi but on a national stage. Why did Rahul Gandhi did more than 20 rallies in Rajasthan and only 2 in Delhi. And Sonia Gandhi did only 1. And no other tall leaders were seen campaigning aggressively across Delhi. It was as if Delhi was purposefully neglected. Sheila Dikshit knew that onion prices are the biggest concern for Delhiites and if that can come down it can bolster Sheila’s position. She kept knocking at the door of Agriculture Ministry for extra supplies but nobody listened. In-fact trucks loaded with onions were to be dispatched from Mumbai for Delhi but it just DID NOT HAPPEN. This is what a senior Congress minister said on the day of result that they tried but it just DID NOT HAPPEN. Do you believe this. We all know what parties are capable of doing in the desperation to retain power. Fetching temporary supplies had suddenly become such a herculean task for Congress and it cost Sheila Dikshit dearly, very dearly.
So the idea was not to split anti Congress vote but to defeat Congress in Delhi so that A could emerge as the victorious warrior, a hero, a HOPE FOR INDIA. Success is the strongest magnet. Once A is successful in Delhi people across the nation will believe him and flock to lend him support. And bam !! exactly what happened. Congress was routed, BJP humbled and A was victorious. And since A’s victory record number of people are applying for AAP volunteers, membership and tickets for upcoming LS elections. On the results day BJP’s massacre of Congress in Rajasthan was not discussed, its 3rd time victory in MP and CG was not discussed, what was discussed was only Delhi. And how A had become a national figure with this achievement. Media was eager to strike off Modi wave because in Delhi A stopped him. Even A has said it that there is no Modi wave. And many media cronies are eagerly asking A to step up to the national level. Despite half the time they had in Delhi for a country 100 times bigger than Delhi media is literally begging A to step up. And A does not disappoint them. He has announced that A’s party will fight LS elections.He says he does not care about wining or losing he just wants to fight elections. He has announced that his party will fight LS elections, even in Gujarat.
Now all this might seem a little far fetched but there is also a link between A and Congress – Mr Y. Y is a senior leader in A’s party and has been the political advisor for Rahul Gandhi for years. Infact he was the advisor to Rahul Gandhi not long before 2012.
Now the stage is set. With 5 months to LS elections NaMo wave will be on the rise. And that will rout Rahul or Sonia or entire Congress for that matter. But now there is another man – A. He is the cult who can stand against Modi. He is the man created to dent Modi’s vote share. I have rarely seen a politician rise so quickly ever in my life. With all good intentions and good work and administrative experience people like Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sardar Patel, AB Vajpayee took decades to make their mark and become a force to reckon with. But Mr A has landed in that sweet spot in much less time.
Now people might say that this is too big a game to go unnoticed from people who are working closely with A such as my many friends and relatives. Hence I wrote earlier that bigger the game, smaller the coterie. Watch Out !!
P.S. – The blog is fictitious and only encapsulates thoughts of the author.