It is that time of the year when we start looking back at the hits and misses we experienced during 2014. As such, let’s take a look at some of the biggest hits and misses on India’s political front in 2014.
BJP Rises to Power
The biggest hit of this year could very well be BJP’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections. With Modi holding the reins, the party rode to a stupendous victory, trumping its rival Congress in every way possible. All eyes are on the new governance now, seeing what it would do for the nation in the due course of time.
BJP Captures Maharastra and Haryana
Whatever hopes the Congress had on holding onto power came crashing down with the BJP creating magic in Maharastra and Haryana. Fresh after his win at the center, Modi ensured that his era would continue as he swept the polls in these states.
AAP’s Maiden Delhi Win
Rising out of nowhere, the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal was the common man’s answer to corruption. Despite a short history, the party quickly gained influence and support to win the Delhi elections, sending shivers in the BJP and Congress camps. Alas, the party’s dream run was short lived, and the AAP bowed out of Delhi after some rather amateurish decisions and mistakes.
Congress bites the dust
Congress’s shameful defeat at the hands of the BJP can be considered as the biggest miss of this year. With a spread across leadership strategy, the Congress tried its best to gain back the reputation it had lost over the several scams and controversies that surfaced during its reign. Along came Rahul Gandhi, and the rest as they say, is history.
‘Amma’ jailed and bailed
There are quite some happenings down south as well. The arrest of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalitha was also one of the biggest misses of 2014. Held for a disproportionate assets case, Jayalalitha spent 21 days in a prison in Bangalore before being granted bail. Following the arrest, ‘Amma,’ as she is fondly called by her supporters, had to step down as Chief Minister, but continues to be the silent leader of the AIADMK.
HRD Minister’s Yale Degree
The entire nation went into a tizzy when the BJP chose Smriti Zubin Irani as the new HRD minister. The reason? Apparently, Irani was not educationally qualified to take the post, and also did not possess the knowledge required to handle the department. A few media questions about her education and voila, a Yale degree popped out of nowhere in her election portfolio. Definitely a miss we say, especially in this age of the internet.
India saw many significant changes happening across the nation in 2014. Of all the hits and misses it experienced, the ones mentioned above take the top spots.