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Diaspora hope elections will sweep out deadwood in bureaucracy

NEW DELHI -- The Indian diaspora has been keenly following the Delhi elections: Why?, asks writer Swami Anand Kul Bhushan Kulive Kulove Kulaugh.

NRIs transiting through or living in Delhi during their visits expect their trips to be hassle-free.

They hope the elections will sweep out deadwood in bureaucracy, curtail or wipe out corruption and generally expect ‘babudom’ to be reduced, cops to stop extorting money from them for small incidents and generally offer a safe environment for women, concluded a number of NRIs.

Many NRIs above 50 years have been keenly following the Delhi elections on TV daily for at least an hour; but the next generation born and brought up abroad is not interested.

"The impact of Delhi elections on overseas Indians is enormous because if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government delivers, it will change the political landscape in India as the Modi government remains dominant on the political scene," said British Asian leader Praful Patel.

In Canada, a tremendous interest that Delhi Election was generated.

Local ethnic leaders and media went to the extent of getting daily news directly from Delhi, wrote Omkar Nath Chanan, President, Rocky View Chamber of Commerce and Calgary and Calgary-Jaipur Development Foundation. .

"The general feeling abroad is that Kejriwal got the knack of contesting and campaigning in reaching his audiences who are gladly filled his coffers for the success of his party.

His visit to Dubai and the US gave him an unexpected boost, in particular from North American Indians largely from blue collar community and small businesses.

He won’t be able to keep some of his promises that he has been lauding but could be a thorn in Modi’s agenda," said Chanan.

He added, "Local anchors made the spokespersons from India to provide update to the listeners directly in many cities of Canada on a daily basis.

At a Community Centre in North East Calgary, where most people from Delhi and Punjab live, a meeting was held for AAP fundraising.

They also arranged a live interview from Patiala in favour of AAP.

Pratap Kapila, a social analyst in London, said:

"Modi is an absolute genius and his charm with Obama was a work of art.

"He has a massive amount of work but sadly he has not got very many able chaps around him; which is why Kejri had an edge and won.

"Modi speaks beautiful Hindi and is honest."

"NRIs visiting India and tourists in general would certainly welcome any improvement the way the capital city is run, like efficient essential services, clean environment, better traffic management, clean running water, 24-hour electricity supply and other amenities for an ordinary citizen," said senior broadcaster Chaman Lal Chaman from London.

He supported BJP but during the previous elections his favourite was AAP that had brought some fresh air: anti-corruption stand, efficiency and transparency.

Any comparison between Modi and Kejri cannot be fair.

"As the Prime Minister, Modi is a giant," said Chaman.

From Melbourne, a certified accountant, Shan Gupta, wrote:

"A stable Delhi government providing security and basic amenities will definitely boost NRIs visits to India, particularly from those who come from the North and Central India.

"NRIs are often asked by their colleagues to recommend places to visit in India.

"Due to fear of a subsequent complaint, NRIs generally refrain from doing so.

"They cannot assure foreigners of their security during their stay in India.

"Nor are they prepared to hear complaints of basic amenities"

Kejriwal’s 2013 election campaign was greatly monitored in Melbourne and the US.

This time some of his staunch followers deserted him because of his dharna politics, lies and 49-days exit.

Shamlal Puri, an International Editor and Novelist wrote:

"Both Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran ‘Vikas’ Bedi gave each a run for their money but there is a serious belief that the search is not for a smooth-talker but a serious CM who can deliver without fear or favour."

"Those seeking a change felt Kejriwal deserved a chance to show his worth.

"Talking to fellow NRIs in London, I felt their support for AAP had increased in the UK.

"There were clear signs from the very beginning that AAP should win the elections albeit, their track record of short tenure," said Puri.

"Even hardcore BJP supporters in UK are now finding a good reason to congratulate AAP for the way they fought Delhi Assembly elections; I believe that BJP missed a trick by making personal attacks on Kejriwal rather than focusing on election agenda.

"Similarly, the introduction of Kiran Bedi came too late.

"They should have left her with the Party immediately after Modiji won his landslide victory.

"When it comes to the post mortem of BJP’s election strategy, the raising communal intolerance in BJP’s rule also become a major factor.

"The personal attacks on Kejriwal were a blunder by BJP as everyone knows that he is an honest gentleman. Besides, Kiran Bedi seemed politically very immature.

"Her communication skills on the public forum were pathetic and many feel by putting her on the helm, BJP lost an opportunity.

"Many felt that Harshvardhan could have been a better option as a CM for Delhi," added Puri.

Gyatri Saggar, a journalist in USA, wrote:

"When Delhi is ruled by AAP, there would be less investment in Delhi because of the tussle between the central and Delhi government, resulting in less progress in Delhi.

"Most of the overseas Indians are enthused by Modi and would want his vision translated in to progress for Delhi.

"Kejriwal is a fresh face with a fresh mission.
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"He has become another corrupt politician with dubious funding.

"His party and he himself come across as misogynistic and treat women as inferiors."

In conclusion, even with AAP’s massive victory, Delhi is not really out of the woods.

The litmus test still remains - the delivery of promises to the electorate and a better Delhi for NRIs and visitors.

 
 

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