In the past, Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat emerged as No. 1 in a lot of media surveys of the States. Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister of Bihar gave him competition.
Recently Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha said that her State model was better than the Gujarat model. While other CMs like Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh and Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan are trying to turn around their States, there is a battle for the worst at the other end of the spectrum.
A look at some of them…
Mamata Banerjee: She came to power after with great hopes after about 34-years of Left rule, but she has proved to be dud. She continues to have the activist mentality and her governance is a big zero.
Violence continues unabated in West Bengal. First we had CPM-Trinamool clashes and now we have that with the BJP. Despite being a woman herself, she called rapes in the State a conspiracy. Dictatorial in nature, she is not nurturing talent in the State.
Her only trump card was that she was seen as squeaky clean but that has been shattered in the Saradha scam. More and more Trinamool leaders are coming in the enquiry net and fingers are being pointed at Mamata.
Akhilesh Yadav: He came as a young hopeful full of promise but in the end has proved so bad that in comparison even the disastrous chief ministership of Mayawati is looking to be a success.
Immediately after coming over law and order plummeted and even as other CMs are competing with each other for developmental schemes, Akhilesh has nothing to show. Communal riots are back in UP and he has absolutely no control over the State.
He continues to get bad press over incidents like the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Durga Shakti Nagpal case etc.
KC Rao: When the new State of Telangana was formed one would have thought that he would begin on a fresh note and try to develop a brand new State. However he refused to have the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at his swearing-in ceremony.
He called a bandh and inducted many family members into the Cabinet furthering nepotism. He carried out a survey which made people compare him with the Nazis and he called himself a Hitler. He is terrorizing the press in the State and has so far shown zero ideas on how to develop a new State.
This is in stark contrast to Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu of the TDP who is quietly coming out with one idea after another to bring his State right to the very top.
Omar Abdullah: Omar’s administration has been regularly plagued by incidents like the Shopian murders and the Kishtwar clashes. There were also demands of his resignation over the death of a fellow NC political worker in police custody. Now with the floods in Jammu & Kashmir, the State administration has been caught totally off guard. Omar’s government looks clueless even as it is the much maligned Indian Army that has sprung into action and is conducting relief measures on a war footing.
There are many others also who are not faring that well. Tarun Gogoi was on a high when he won his third successive election in 2011 but since then it has been downhill for him. The 2012 Assam violence was totally mismanaged and the BJP is making great inroads into the State.
Nitish was the toast of India but after he parted ways with the NDA, it has all been downhill and he is back to the sordid caste politics. His successor Jitan Ram Manjhi endorsed black marketing and hoarding by small traders and the future does not bode well for the State.
There is also Arvind Kejriwal’s 49-day stint in New Delhi which proved to be a total disaster. Had he continued, then he was a very strong contender for the worst CM of 2014. In 2004, development CMs like Naidu and SM Krishna were shown the door, but since then things have changed a lot.
Now the focus is firmly on development and most of the bad CMs as mentioned above look set to lose their next Assembly elections.