The toughest time for the political leaders in India is during the Assembly elections or the general elections. Not long ago, the assembly elections were not all that tiresome because the issues were limited and, invariably, it was like a see-saw affair.
Gone are those days. Now, the assembly elections are as tough and tricky as the parliament elections. It is a Herculean task for the ruling parties to retain their power especially if something goes wrong on the eve of elections. Those opposition parties which have a popular leader at the helm would fully exploit the situation to draw away even the sympathizers [the ones who have a soft corner for the ruling party]. These leaders know that the people these days are less concerned about the basic principles of any party [ironically, the basic principles of the regional parties are almost identical]. So, the day to day affairs are highlighted and fully exploited.
Since there are umpteen issues [mostly, ‘skyrocketing prices’ or certain caste-based issues] which would have prompted the people to unseat the ruling party, the very same people would be tempted to approach the ones they have uprooted in the recent elections! In view of this, it will be safer for the ones who have captured power recently to go slow and to do things in an ‘apologetic way’ to make it appear that they have the welfare of the people uppermost in their mind, for the rivals could pay them back in their own coins!