Two years to go for the general elections. If Loksatta party wins big in the elections, it will not only be a modern day political-Cinderella story the world will be proud of, but it has the potential to change the politics forever. Below article is written in hope that LSP will make adjustments to win the 2014 elections, not to discourage or insult anyone.
Change Leadership (Style): Since Dr JP decided to step down the presidency at the end of his term in 2012; it is really interesting to see who will be the new leader who will drive the party into the next general elections. Are we going to see Dr JP’s clone who would be an expert in any topic, who can win any debate, or will we see a leader who will attract the mass and attack the biggest names in the state. I think LSP certainly needs a game changer. Status-quo will not get them anywhere. Once Dr JP steps down, he should leave Hyderabad, and tour the state relentlessly; may be take up a Ratha Yatra like several successful predecessors did.
Change in Attitude: The biggest challenge for LSP is to get out of the NGO mindset, and accept that they are a political party, and just that. Somehow saying that all other parties except LSP is corrupt; people vote for other parties because they are ignorant; media doesn’t cover LSP; one day LSP will come to power because Mamata Benerjee also took a long time…all these are BS words. The rule of the world is survival of the fittest. Either rise above, or release your resources, they have their families waiting for them.
Change Solgans: LSP voter base seems to be the middle class and the students. Both of these sections are not known for turning out on the election day. To win most votes in any constituency, LSP should certainly penetrate into the poor voters. The poor voters will not care about the Lokayuktas and Decentralization of the power. So to win elections, LSP needs to pick different slogans. They need to pick slogan which will resonate with the bottom most of the food chain, not only because it will get the votes, but fighting for them and giving them a hope is the right thing to do.
Change Modes: LSP leaders also give a good boy impression. People don’t believe good boys will solve their problems. They want to see rough and tough guys. People don’t think preaching will work. They want to see some rasta rokos, darnas, nirahara deeksha’s etc. At the end of the day, you should be remembered as the guys who fought for the people honestly with all your guts, whether you are able to bring the result or not. People don’t care how many speeches you gave and how much lobbying you did to make things happen.
Fire up the Base: Currently several leaders and volunteers across the state seem to give up any remote hope of wining in elections (of course there are some exceptions like Babji, Babu, Sridhar, Vazeer among others). They hardly know what is going on in the party. They hardly hear from their high command (HC). HC seems be in a strange mind set that local leaders should be self motivated. Come on; give them something to fight for. HC doesn’t help their base by confusing them with neutral stand in the no-confidence motion, or unquestioned support to FDI etc. It’s good that they are doing training sessions, but the local guys want more motivation than training. They want to see Dr JP, and they want to talk to him on the phone. May be video conferencing is not a bad idea.
LSP has too many local “leaders” who have no political ambitions or no fight in them. They are content to be the flag barriers and wait for the next leader who will magically come and give them a victory in the elections. For most of them politics is not the primary concern. They either consider this as a part-time, or time-pass. You can’t win anything with this attitude let alone the elections with the biggest parties and most serious people in the contest. LSP needs at least 100 full time politicians, who will take the elections as do-or-die.
They need leaders who not only go head-to-head with the traditional politicians, but they need leaders whom the volunteers can trust to their safety. So called leaders who come to the party office everyday, drink some coffee, read newspaper and tells some good things; are good to look like alankaram to the office, but that’s all they are. For all such “leaders” – please get out of the way for next generation.
Unfortunately LSP fans on facebook (like me) will be not be a factor in the elections. Probably most influential factors will be out of LSP control, but to be able to gain advantage from them, LSP should ready be cleaning up their house first.
Election samikaranalu both locally and in the state-level will be the biggest factor. Of course no one will come to you, unless they think you are strong and can help them.
The decision to give TG or not should also have a big impact. Will the Jagan be in the jail or outside? Will there be a miracle and CBN, and all major congress leaders facing corruption charges end up in the jail? Will the Yuva Kiranalu fire back? Will the voters stop taking money and alcohol to vote, and reject the freebies? Will there be a revolution by the farmers, SCs/STs? Will the oceans water level rise really high from global warming? What else?