Elections in a democracy is a matter of relationship between voter/elector and the elected politician.
Like all relationships, it needs to be, created, nurtured and kindled from time to time. The star of 2019 elections is YSJR who won in Andhra Pradesh.
Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly known as YSR, was a two-time Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, serving from 2004 to 2009 and who died in 2009. He was member of Congress Party who was unceremoniously expelled from party.
Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy, (YSJR) is the son of the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Jagan Reddy is an Indian politician from Andhra Pradesh, who is the founder and leader of YSR Congress Party, and Leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly since 16 May 2014. He took one year leave to travel village to village in the state to make the connect with the people. It is not easy thing. One need to have the background of geography, topography, climate and the agrarian crpos to make the connect with rural folks. He took one year to make the connect.
Praja Sankalpa Yatra:
Jagan Mohan Reddy launched his 3,000-km-long walkathon named PrajaSankalpaYatra on November 6th,2017.
While Chandra Babu Naidu was hopping from one state capital to another to form the national alliance and neglected his home state of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan pounced on it to win all the lok sabha seats. He will also form the next Government in the State.
This is the classic method of first time win in an election in a democracy. Connect and promise. But for the next time the elected will have to deliver too.
Failures of 2019:
The entire dynasties lot whose predecessors/fathers or they thmselves had made the connect with people decades back, failed in this elections. It is their failure to keep that relationship with electors which has caused these losses.
Elections can not be won from palaces or by prince or princess, any more.
There are many neo Royal families in India who think otherwise. Who presume that it is their right to be voted into power merely on the basis of walk and talk in fancy dresses just before the elections without any intention to perform after being elected.
After 2019 that era is gone for these Palace Princes. Would they mend their ways for 2024?
Very unlikely. Privilaged princes prefer to be perished over change. Ask anybody if they heard the name “Bagla”. Less then a hundred years ago they prevailed but now nobody knows them.
Another name is “Chandel.” Does it ring a bell? The whole world knows what they built but not who they were.
I leave it there. Let time write its verdict in future.