Speaking at an event titled “How India voted,” academic and former Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav said that he had appealed to the people of his constituency to not vote in favour of the BJP. He went o; the people however did not listen one bit of what he said and he felt sad, angry and dejected and wanted to hold those who voted in favour of the BJP by their collars and say “you idiots.”
“In my constituency of Gurgaon (Gurugram), I had issued a very special appeal to people to ensure that the BJP is defeated at any cost. I said this Prime Minister is the biggest liar of a Prime Minister we have ever had in the history of our country. Voters didn’t listen to me one bit. I’m sad, I’m angry and I’m dejected. I want to hold them by their collars and say-you idiots,” Yadav said.
The main purpose of the event was to analyse why the BJP did not only return to power but with a greater majority despite the likes of Yadav and other left leanings academics constantly bashing the government since past five years. In other words, the event’s purpose was to introspect what made people completely dump the left liberal intelligencia.
Yogendra Yadav while introspection the reasons, appeared disappointed with the fact that in this year’s elections rose above pity caste and regional lines to vote for a common national cause instead of being selfish, something which he described to be “painful.”
“Compared to previous elections, most of the times in most elections people vote in a self-centred way. Some people vote in a way that rises above themselves. Strangely, ironically, painfully, more people voted selflessly than selfishly,” Yadav said.
Yadav then continued with his usual agenda that India is heading towards an dystopian future where electoral authoritarianism will prevail and the independence of autonomous institutions would be undermined.
It seems like with BJP in power for yet another five years, many like Yadav on the left of the spectrum are now realising the bitter truth that in 21st century India, they are fast becoming Irrelevant.