In the coming months five states are going to elect their new governments. The election process has already been set in motion with the announcement of dates by Election Commission and the counting is slated to take place on 11 March 2016. The people in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur are going to exercise their franchise in different phases to elect assemblies in these states. It is a massive political exercise which is set to determine the course of future of these states. India is passing through major transformation under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The elections are crucial for these states as these states need to associate themselves with the transformative initiatives of the Prime Minister in more effective and meaningful manner. As India aspires to grow fast and become a vibrant economy keeping pace with fastest growing countries of the world, the people in these states are set to vote for good governance and development.
It is perhaps for the first time that a ruling party has conceded defeat even before the start of elections. Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh is now contesting assembly elections in alliance with Congress. It is the same party which had gone to elections alone five years back and formed the government with clear majority. What has gone wrong in last five years that it has been now forced to seek an alliance with the Congress? The misrule, corruption and goondaraj of last five years are haunting the SP which is finding difficult to face the electorate now. Congress is a party rejected repeatedly by the people of Uttar Pradesh and now hoping to survive on the piggyback of SP. Any alliance with Congress is not going to salvage the fortunes of SP. Both parties stand discredited as party of goons, scamsters and power brokers. People in Uttar Pradesh now not only looking to break the cycle of SP-BSP rule but to herald an era of change, dynamic progress and development. People have realized that Congress-SP-BSP are the parties mainly responsible for the backwardness, lawlessness and regressive politics in the state. While people rejected BSP last time, this time they have the opportunity to reject SP-Congress together. By forging an alliance with the Congress, SP has accepted that it was not in a position to face the electorate alone but its choice has further weakened its position in the eyes of electorate.
Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the political scenario in Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur are also appearing bright for BJP. In Uttarakhand, the Harish Rawat government has completely failed to deliver as per the expectations of the people in the state. Corruption, factionalism and dissensions have become the hallmark of the Congress in Uttarakhand. In Goa people are showing enthusiasm due to the good work of the BJP government in the state. SAD-BJP alliance has become a credible force in Punjab which is taking state to newer heights. In Manipur this time people fed up with Congress rule are looking for an alternative in BJP. The expansion and consolidation of BJP under the visionary leadership of National President Shri Amit Shah has further strengthened the party in every nook and corner of the country. The charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given new hope and trust in the future of India. The people are seeing their aspirations realized under the able leadership of Prime Minister who has given a new direction and purpose to governance in the country. In the states also people are aspiring to elect government dedicated to the service and welfare of people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP has emerged as a new hope for the nation and people are extending overwhelming support to decisions of the BJP led NDA government at the centre. In the ensuing elections to the state assemblies, people are set to vote for politics of performance and development defeating the forces representing divisive and regressive politics.