So Jayamma is finally out. A pity really considering she really put in a lot of effort post 2003 – to endear herself to the aam janta. But people don\’t forget it seems. Despite the tsunami and all the other gains which she got later – she just couldn\’t make it. A lot of analysis seems to be going into why she lost. Top of the list being.
- The 2003 mass sacking of govt. employees.
- The fact that she did not build effective alliances with other parties in good time.
- The lack of such freebies in the major portion of her tenure (with the free cycles for school kids being the notable exception). She did give a lot of freebies post tsunami – but that didn\’t seemingly count.
- People were saying that if she wanted to give all those freebies – then she would have given them earlier itself instead of pitching in just to counter the DMK\’s mass overload of freebies.
- Some even added the Shankaracharya episode – although I would consider him a crook neverthless.
But in the end – she lost. Despite who won or who lost I certainly feel happy to note the robustness of the political process and how effective the whole election process was. It singularly is one thing which makes our opinion count and which certainly MAKES A DIFFERENCE. There were polling booths every 4 streets and the security prescence was phenomenal.
As Prannoy Roy noted – the whole political process in Tamil Nadu is a very vibrant and active one. It simply is the people who go all the way to define the whole thing in terms of opinions, participation, rallies, posters etc. etc. Certainly very vibrant. I don\’t think we see this much even in Karnataka.
Attached are some pics.
I certainly hope the DPA tenure this time – WILL BE DIFFERENT from its earlier ones. I