While speaking recently at a meeting at Jagdishpur, a village in his Lok Sabha constituency, Amethi, Rahul Gandhi, the ever-in-waiting PM candidate of the Congress party, announced that he was adopting the villge under a model village scheme. While making the announcement, Rahul tried to take a dig at the PM who had propounded the scheme, by asking the assembled villagers as to where funds for their wishlist of forty odd development projects would come from. All he succeeded in achieving in the process was to betray his lack of knowledge of the dynamics of the scheme and the resources available to an MP for its implementation. Needless to say, the bewildered audience became disappointed over their parliamentary representative's cynicism and disregard for their plight. Wasn't he expected to sit with his constituents, work out the viability of the projects they were interested in and figure out a way of implementing them? Was it not what his job was all about? In short, if he was clueless, as indeed admitted by him by implication, as to how to get the development schemes carried out, why was he an MP at all? Why didn't he go home with his excess baggage of pessimism and leave it all for a better person to take over? Rahul was once again clueless, this time about his constituents' bewilderment over his befuddled approach to his role as a people's representative.
In the Mould of Super CMs
Not to be left far behind in a similar state of bewilderment as Rahul is our own irrepressible Chief Minister of Telengana, who is apparently clueless about the ways and means to become a popular Chief Minister. K.Chandrasekhara Rao, called KCR by his partymen in the popular mode of NTR and MGR, cinematic hero-turned-super Chief Ministers whose lengthy names had been reduced to cryptic initials by their fans in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu respectively, is peeved over his inability to become a darling of the masses in his state in the same way as NTR and MGR had in their time. His populist measures like increasing the pension amount from Rs.200 to Rs.1,000 has not cut much ice with the people. On the contrary, much to his chagrin and discomfiture, the number of suicides in the state among farmers and pensioners seems to be on the rise.
Action Plan for the Right Image
Surely, there must be a secret formula to the success of NTR and MGR, which one must be able to identify, unravel and put to good use for ensuring KCR's unbridled popularity. Rao's team of advisers put their heads together and came up with an action plan for creating the right image for their leader. Let it be known, they averred, that the people's leader is all for purity in his official as well as private lives. Isn't white the colour of purity? Besides, Rao's astrologers had advised that white was his lucky colour. So, clad he must be in white all the time! As a course correction measure suggested by astrologers, KCR got all the official cars of his convoy which were originally black in colour, repainted white. Again, in conformity with the advice of the astrologers, he shifted the Begumpet camp office of his party to vastu-compliant building next doors.
Numerology for Good Luck
Not prepared to bank only on the astrologers' advice, KCR has been trying out the next point on the action plan, namely, numerology for good luck. His lucky number being 6, he has got 6 cars in his convoy, the registration number of all of which is TS 09 6666.
While fighting elections for Lok Sabha and the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 2004 and 2009, he bargained for and wangled off 6 Lok Sabha seats and 42 (4+2=6) Assembly seats, both times. It is, of course, a different thing that in 2004 his party entered into an electoral alliance with Congress and in 2009 with TDP. To make not too fine a point, KCR was not averse to fighting elections with different alliance partners in different elections. Never mind the mismatch in ideological alignment! The number of seats alloted to his party must, however, be in strict alignment with numerology!
When his party formed the government in 2014 in the newly-formed state of Telengana, his Cabinet included 12 ministers (multiple of 6). Numerology, again!