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From 1977 to 2018, will history repeat itself?
We are being given to understand that four most important pillars of democracy work independently. However, the other day, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India told us that there are no pro-government judges and we took a sigh of relief.

But the cluttering of allegations against these august bodies like CBI and CAG etc sends a shiver through the spine of the observant Indian. Even before the baseless allegation against the Election Commission about the glitches in EVM machines performance, we were used to take the words of EC in high esteem.

On the following Wednesday, the Election Commission launched a web-based application, Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) network, aimed at efficient conduct of elections and said it would be "logistically equipped" by September 2018 to hold simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and assemblies.

The announcement by the poll panel came days after it issued a formal direction that VVPAT or paper trail machines will be used at polling stations in all future elections where polls are held using EVMs. "The Election Commission was asked by the Centre as what it would require for becoming capable of holding the parliamentary and assembly polls together.

And that statement has set the alarm bell ringing for and early elections. They say – see rather smell how the wind blows! Pradhan Sevak, as he calls himself, Shri Naredra Modi is passing through a toughest period of this 3 point something political honeymoon as nothing except empty slogans seem to going his way. Most of the much tom-tomes schemes of NDA are coming as cropper. The hard liner CM of Uttar Pradesh is hell bent to highlight crude depictions of erotica of Khajraho as Indian culture and ignore the subtle and scented message of love that reverberates from the Taj Mahal. UP is stinking in crimes and corruption as never before. Girls are molested at the hostel of BHU in Varanasi. Children are dying in government hospitals. Even the smaller promise of covering the puddles and pot-holes of roads in UP have met the miserable flop. In Kerala, Amit Shah ran away with an excuse of PM's call as he found the crowd thinning for BJP is the most advanced and highly educated state of India. It seems the old RSS tricks are not yet gaining ground there.

Out of desperation or a political gamble, as the situation is turning from bad to worse, early Lok Sabha election might be gifted or imposed upon the election-prone nation.

And that reminds me of year 1977 when the magic of Indira Gandhi was dissolving in thin air. Bangladesh liberation war of December 1971 had become the part of history and a well-coordinated coalition of disgruntled anti-Indira elements had come together. An overconfident Indira Gandhi had declared emergency after her election to Rae Bareli had been challenged in court. As the tide turned against her, sycophants such as D K Baruah, who coined the phrase "India is Indira and Indira is India", made matters worse. J P's cry for Sampoorna Kranti or total revolution was gaining ground. A student and middle-class revolt in Gujarat combined with events in the north belt. All those events had dimmed the after-war glow and led to Indira losing control.

On 23 March 1977, one of the greatest architects of modern India has lost decisively and historically.

Mrs Gandhi had tendered her resignation today after acknowledging her defeat at the polls and declared that "the collective judgment of the electorate must be respected." The acting President, Mr B D Jatti, asked her to continue as caretaker Prime Minister until Thursday. Her son Sanjay who shared defeat with his mother in their home constituencies publicly apologised for his role in the electoral overthrow of the Congress' government.

After resigning Mrs Gandhi entertained her official aides to tea. She had recorded a message to All-India Radio saying that "winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country. "My colleagues and I accept the people's verdict unreservedly and in a spirit of humility." Sanjay Gandhi told reporters he was sorry if "what I did in my personal capacity has recoiled on my mother, whose life has been spent in selfless service."

My readers must be well aware what Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shouri, the old guards of BJP have told the Indians about the present political scenario of the country. In UP, instead of building the better utility facilities for suffering masses they are planning to build a grand temple to aggrandize Naredra Modi.

Only time will tell what sort of speeches Shri Modi ji, Shri Amit Shah ji or Shri Arun Jaitley ji (if he survives politically the cloud bursts of demonetisation and GST) would be making in 2018, if the election eventually falls in 2018.

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