Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Goodbye Laloo, Welcome Nitish!



The Bihar verdict is out!! The voters have spoken!! Its been a vote for change this time in Bihar with the Rashtriya Janata Dal( RJD) alliance virtually wiped out of power in the state. Out of the 243 seats in the Bihar assembly, the National Democratic Alliance comprising the Janata Dal United and the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a whopping 145 seats, well clear of the magic number of 122. The blame game has started but it was refreshing to see Laloo accept defeat gracefully and welcoming the new government in Bihar.

As far as the media coverage goes, it was extensive with every news channel wanting a chunk of the limelight. I even noticed that the different news channels were jostling over who gets to talk to the winner first and it ended with Barkha Dutt of NDTV dragging a NDA MP and filming an interview with him. It was also surprising to see Rajdeep Sardesai on CNBC. He has joined the channel and is currently involved in launching a 24 hour English news channel called IBN. Lots of ex NDTV journos are now involved in it and are helping Rajdeep as well. Hoping that it launches soon, because for Indian Politics, Rajedeep Sardesai is the man to watch.

On to other happenings and the India V South Africa match was abandoned in Chennai today due to persistent rain. Sad, considering that I had gone to the stadium and had to return disappointed.

The biggest challenge that the NDA has is to improve Bihar. The big question to be asked here is whether anyone can ever improve Bihar to a large extent and put Bihar on the path to recovery. Its a question, which will be answered, perhaps as time passes.

Cheers from a very wet Chennai!!

11 comments:

Hellbrandt Grimm said...

I don't know what to make out of this. To me, Bihar is irredeemable. Before anyone jumps at me with a "nothing is irredeemable" stereotype, I would like to point out that I meant it in an extreme sort of manner. Two or three terms cannot undo the damage done.
I'm glad the old witch-doctor lost. He won't be smiling, but I sure can spot a smirk in his pathetic excuse for a face.

rk said...

dude... stop scaring me!! i opened the page and there is this pic of some loose bihari saying "BOO".. scared the shit out of me!! brrrr.... put up some pics of ash or something.. :) not some stupid corrupt loser...

Abhi! said...

zydar:
Maybe not undo the entire damage, but Biharis definitely have some hope now!

Abhi! said...

RK:
Will do!! watch this space!

rk said...

yay!! successfully left my valuable insights on your blogs on the home page!!!

rk said...

should have read "all" yours blogs on the home page...

Samir Adil said...

Well having so much information on Rajdeep Sardesai ,it seems that are a big fan of him. why not , he is such a great personality that it will not be incorrect to say that taking a leaf out of his book make one successful.For me Rajdeep and jounalism are synonyms

Abhi! said...

RK:
vetti fellow!

Abhi! said...

samir:
Thanks for dropping by! Yeah, Rajdeep is a very good journo!

Camphor said...

Now, if only the set top box were ntoa factor in Chennai...

Archana said...

Yea, its u!...so start tagging!