Why development is the only variable for success in electionsThere are reports that the Congress Party or a combination of parties are out to rout the BJP in more than one State, elections to which are due very soon.
The Prime Minister, it should be very clearly understood, was able to win hands down last time, not because of some religious identity like the Ram Temple. He promised development. He promised jobs. He promised to end corruption.
Mr. Modi has indeed done something. The pension scheme is okay. Certain efforts at digitalization are also welcome. Yet, his own Ministers seem to be talking rubbish. One has famously said that to attain power, the party made all sorts of promises. In Tamil Nadu, we have a superbly comedian as the State Chief. Every single time she opens her mouth, the party is bound to go down in public esteem.
Development will speak. Only development will speak. It is absolutely rubbish to blame the opposition parties for everything that is wrong.
Take jobs. The great Finance Minister says that the Government would pay the PF amount for employees taken on "Fixed Term Employment". It has since been implemented.
This is a glorious term for contractual employment. We now have several hundreds of thousands of contract employees from among the diploma holders and engineers on contract at low wages. At the end of three years, the poor souls have just the PF amounts. Why can't the employers be encouraged to take on such employees on regular rolls? Mr. Modi would rather help the employers, rather than the employees.
Now, the spin-off in the economy is horrible. The contract employees do not have any social security. They cannot get a single bank loan. They cannot afford to even spend their money on any little want. They are always just about able to meet only their "needs".
The ruling party should remember only one thing: jobs count. Development counts. If they think otherwise, they would soon meet their Waterloo.