By Sanjiv Arora
What Mr. Narendra Modi said before the election victory “Is daulat par sab se pehle garibon ka haq hai”. And today he and his party are planning to splurge this tax payers wealth on the most expensive ever swearing in ceremony. The list of invitees is over 4,000 and this sounds like the most expensive swearing in ceremony ever. This is the highest number of invitees ever and as per sources it is going to be a big gala affair.
Narendra Modi, who has won the election on the background of economic decline and high corruption during Congress regime – vowed to solve these issues as soon as he will be in power. He showed the hope of a development model to alleviate the suffering of the poor and middle class of this country. Instead since his election victory, he is on a melodramatic and emotional rollercoaster. He is making emotional speeches and melodramatic remarks referring to river Ganga, BJP as his mother. It is one melodramatic day after the other, as nation expects him to talk about rising prices, trade deficit and fiscal deficit.
The whole focus seems to be on the swearing in ceremony and the celebrations. As per this quote by The Economic Times, it is clear that this has to be the most expensive ceremony ever: “Massive and unprecedented arrangements are being made for the swearing in of Narendra Modi as the 14th PM of India on the evening of May 26 at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Around 4,000 guests are expected to attend the ceremony. The last two occasions when swearing in of a PM was organised at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan was in 1990 when Chandrashekar was sworn in, and later in 1996 and 1998, when AB Vajpayee took oath as the PM. But even then, the guest list was not that long”.
As tax payers gasp for some respite from inflation, Modi was expected to make some announcements or share some plan of action to tackle rising prices. But instead the focus is celebrations, that too at tax payers’ expense. There are rumors that some celebrities are being paid to join the ceremony.
One wonders, now that the elections are over and Modi has won, why is this kind PR exercise required. Should he not be focusing on the job at hand, has he forgotten all his speeches – where he termed the state of the nation in utter disdain and the public must vote for him for a change. If the nation is in terrible shape, is it time for unprecedented celebration or some action! All we have seen is melodrama and celebration, it seems for common man “Acchhe din kabhie nahi aayenge” – but with these gala celebrations for Modi – “Acchhe din aa gaye hain”.
Unfortunately the blind Indian voter seems to have been taken for another ride. In a country of 1.2 billion people, with 814 million eligible to vote – total votes cast were 552 million. Out of which BJP got 171 million votes – 21% of those eligible to vote. The 21% party is in complete majority – and celebrating the victory with parties, rather than focusing on all the issues they raised of poverty, inflation, fiscal deficit and unemployment during election.