Editorial

Free run in democracy

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/4/2019 12:04:07 PM IST

 Indian democracy today is facing a situation where the ruling party has virtually been handed a free run without any credible opposition both within and beyond the portals of parliament.The principlefor afair, free and accountable democracy appears to have been reduced to mere formality and lip service, whichis a cause for concern. With the massive majority of the BJP in the 2019 Parliamentary general elections, bestowing muscular power to the party at the Centre, the danger of “the tyranny of the majority” looms large over the heads of all the people in India. A united, strong, meaningful, committed, credible and responsible opposition is badly needed at this juncture where the BJP may try with more vigour to attempt to homogenize the nation to “One Nation, One People” rashtra. A strong and effective opposition is the need of the hour to ensure that the elected government at the Centre which promised “minimum government and maximum governance”, will be transparent, responsive and accountable and does not assume arbitrariness in its actions neglecting the interests of the nation. However, the opposition is in disarray mainly because the Congress party today, after 133 years of its formation,is imploding within a leaderless and rudderless environment. After Rahul’s dramatic resignation on July 3, the Congress(or whatever is left of the party) has been plunged into utter chaos and confusion. Rahul Gandhi’s resignation has thrown the Congress into a crisis, especially as the party is out of power at the Centre and in most states. The Congress party for the first time,finds itself in a situation where it will be out of power for ten years (2014-24) and no one from the Gandhi family will be heading the party, if Rahul’s insistence is to be accepted. The downward spiral of the party can be seen in the fall of the Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka and exodus of its elected members in several states like Gujarat, Goa, West Bengal and Karnataka. A similar fate awaits the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.As the main opposition from 2014-19, Congress failed to rise to the occasion against rising prices, demonetisation, unemployment and pro-rich policies of the government.In contrast, when BJP went all out to attack the UPA.If Congress appears like a crumbling edifice, it should be blamed on Rahul as all power was vested on him by Sonia. Since he was inducted (and not elected) as party general secretary in 2007, Rahul failed to deliver on his promise to revamp and revitalise the party organisation. During the ten years of the UPA, Rahul did not win any laurels whether in or out of parliament, yet was projected as the next prime minister.His most infamous contribution was his shocking act of tearing the UPA cabinet ordinance in 2013 during a press meet. He led the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha election with disastrous results. In 2017 Rahul was made party vice president and again led the party in 2019 as president and prime ministerial candidate. Instead of taking responsibility to lead the party in its crisis, Rahul is sulking and has chosen to run away.The rest is history and today the fate of the Indian democracy can be described by the famous poem “For Want Of A Nail”.

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