10 possible candidates for General Elections- If not Modi, then who?

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In the great country of spices, people and rape, it matters less who is the politician in charge. Nevertheless, we vote every 5 years hoping for a better future of the country. Leaving the conditions of the country in the hands of the corrupt or coward or criminals, the three C’s of becoming a politician.

What we look in a politician for a better future of the nation are having a vision for the youth, who’s sensitive to issues and sensible enough to address them in a right manner, who is educated enough and maybe not 70.

As the elections are approaching, and the huge campaigns running and lies being promised, let’s look at the alternatives, if not Modi, then who.

Rahul Gandhi?

Let’s talk about him at the end of the post.

1. Nitin Gadkari

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Nitin Gadkari

He’s educated, smart, knows and plays politics well and he’s a businessman too. Money minded? Okay. He was the president of BJP till 2013 and is the current minister in charge of development of roads, highways and water resources. There is no doubt the conditions of our roads are getting better even if not at the estimated promised rate. He’s well educated and always has ideas for better development. He entered politics back in 1975 and since then, there has been nothing holding him back. There are a little or few allegations on him for corruption but no proof.
All this makes him a pretty considerable option.

2. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

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Rajyavarshan Singh Rathore

He’s known for his work in the field of sports. He has represented India in multiple international competitions including the Olympics and made us proud. He’s a shooter and has won over 25 international medals including 7 gold.
He’s young and has a certain charm and charisma of a sportsman, which are brownie points if this can be considered as a valid point.
Part of BJP, currently he’s the MP of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and we can definitely see a boom in sports. He was part of the Indian Army so we definitely expect loyalty and since no allegations of corruption have come up he gets into the A-listers of change.

3. Smriti Irani

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Smriti Irani

Currently the textile minister, and Education Minister in the past, she’s been a part of BJP since 2003. Famous for her role ‘Tulsi’ on TV in the then popular show ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, she was the favorite of the television binge watchers. Multiple controversies have always surrounded her at some time or another. Back in 2004, when Mr. Narendra Modi was the CM of Gujarat, she blamed him for the party losing the general elections. An “if-convenient-feminist”, she’s been switching sides ever since. In the recent, infamous remarks on the desecration of period discharge in temples, really makes us question if she’s even fit enough to lead a women-centric project, let alone the country. She’s also either very emotional or just can’t get out of her character even after a decade, when creating a scene in the Sabha, being called the “drama queen”. Also, she claims to hold multiple degrees from multiple prestigious universities, which were always proved wrong. She merely holds a correspondence degree from Delhi University. So much for an Education Minister.

4. Capt. Amarinder Singh

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Captain Amarinder Singh

He’s the current chief minister of Punjab and was close friends with Rajiv Gandhi. He’s a member of Congress and served in the army from 1963 to 1966. Even after the anti-Sikh riots, he was defending the Gandhi’s which at least proves he’s loyal. Accused of being highly corrupt, an amount of ₹1144 crore, he got away with a clean chit but who doesn’t? Both positives and negatives in his character, he’s a questionable minister.

5. Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor

Our personal favorite, he’s a man with great vocabulary and affairs. He’s a member of parliament
Apart from his controversies surrounding the murder of his wife, his work at the UN from 1978 to 2007 has been remarkable. He’s highly educated and sensible and has written many books. The kind of support he got for his speech against the British rule at the british parliament, was viral, something the whole nation was proud of.

6. Madhu Koda

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Madhu Koda

A man with guts, he’s tackled terrorism and altered policies with his great vision for the nation. He’s the former CM of Jharkhand and a member of Congress. He’s been convicted for his association to the mining scam of ₹4000 crore and served time in jail for 3 years. Not an ideal leader of course.

7. Sharad Pawar

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Sharad Pawar

He was the chief minister of Maharashtra for 3 terms and now is a member of the Rajya Sabha. After separating from the Indian National Congress, he formed his party ‘National Congress Party’. He was also honored with Padma Vibhushan in 2017. But still, he’s known incompetent and is linked with top criminals of the country like Dawood Ibrahim and Pappu Kalani. He’s been the chairman of BCCI and president of ICC. A cancer survivor, he’s no less of a fighter but also been accused of being big-time corrupt, but no evidence has been ever found and there are no cases against him in the court for corruption.

8. Chandrababu Naidu

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Chandrababu Naidu

He has a big contribution to the growth and development of the people of Hyderabad and gave various opportunities to the people. He’s won many awards for his excellence and is also the founder of the Heritage Group and has public support him for the work he’s accomplished. He’s the current CM of Andhra Pradesh and has exported over $1 billion worth of software. He’s educated, sensible, young and had a great vision for Hyderabad and hopefully, would have for the country.

9. Mayawati

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Mayawati Das

She’s served 4 terms as the CM of Uttar Pradesh and is national president of the BSP(Bahujan Samaj Party) and has successfully uplifted the social status of the weak minorities of the country, including the Dalits, backward classes, scheduled castes, and Scheduled Tribes. She’s done some marvelous job but is also accused of owning assets worth ₹90000 crores and is accused of corruption multiple times in her whole career. The Mayawati Park Noida in itself costs over ₹685 crore and was expected to recover the cost from ticket sales.

10. Rahul Gandhi

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         Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, the current president of Indian National Congress, he’s one of the youngest leaders of the country for a politician. He entered politics in 2004 and is highly educated. Although he’s bashed for his stupidity and is the butt of many jokes, he at least proves to be brave and bold enough to speak and contest after all his family and party members have disappointed and taken from instead of giving to the nation. He often challenges PM Modi and the government and picks the smallest mistakes of the ruling party. Also always stuck in some controversy, he’s been accused of mocking the poor but also has always been in support for the empowerment of women and the LGBT.

So the next time we  frown over our only option other than Mr. Narendra Modi being Rahul Gandhi, let’s think and consider our options again.

Comment below if we missed out on any potential politician.

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