Insane politics

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/23/2019 12:44:25 PM IST

 As campaign rhetoric gets shriller and plunging politics to its Nadir, the voters are wondering when will sanity intervene and bring national political sense back on track? The rhetoric on nationalism versus terrorism or chowkidar versus chor have robbed the nation of a sense of direction as political parties desperately hope to win votes. Adding to the overused rhetoric, the current electioneering is also witnessing political turncoats crossing over to other parties. In reality, some of those who crossed over may have some issues while most wanted to ensure they got tickets. However, the propaganda value appears to be a primary objective while the potential to win has come second place. The BJP strategy to counter unreported undercurrent of disenchantment among members, was to lure leaders of other political parties to score propaganda point. An example of this was the way in which BJP sought to embarrass the Congress by luring its party spokesman Tom Vadakkan. The BJP achieved the headline ‘senior Congress functionary and close Sonia aide joins BJP’. Congress leaders expressed surprise since Vadakkan was neither a senior functionary nor was he a close aide of Sonia, unlike Ahmed Patel. Vadakkan was a visible case across TV channels during talk shows and also a Catholic. He quit because he wanted to contest but his former party did not agree because he lacked a political base. The Congress wasn’t far in achieving its propaganda in the fight for turncoats. The Congress returned the favour by getting Manish Khanduri, son of a former Uttarakhand BJP chief minister B.C.Khanduri to cross over. B.C.Khanduri, a retired general of the Indian army, was shunted out as chairman of the defence committee because he had raised a valid question about national security. He has been delivering a series of critical reports on the defence preparedness and the latest among them, tabled in March last year, slammed the government for critical low stock of armaments. If widening communal divide and profanity have become the hallmark of Indian politics then the insanity of pre-poll alliances has only added to the woes. For instance, the bitterness between Shiv Sena and BJP has not prevented them from forging a pre-poll alliance in Maharashtra. It may be recalled that till weeks ago, the Shiv Sena was vocally abusive of the BJP, the Central government and the Prime Minister, until the dates of elections were announced. Now, Shiv Sena and BJP have kissed and made up, clearly indicating that the main fight will be four-cornered contest between the two versus the Congress-NCP alliance. In 1989 the Left and BJP joined hands to prevent Congress from returning to power under Rajiv. Today, the Congress is desperately inclined to join hands with the Left to take on the BJP. The worst example is the dilemma of the Congress on whether it should align with the AAP, the party that destroyed it. AAP has an anti-Congress ideology and has lapped up Congress votes. In the AAP tsunami of 2015, the Congress vote share shrunk from 40 % to just 9 % when the AAP votes swelled to 54 %. In Bengal the Left want to ally with Congress while in Kerala both are bitter rivals. A national election demands political alliances based on a common agenda and a common ideological goal. Such opportunistic theatre of the power-crazy, have reduced voters as mere spectators who get pick-pocketed every time the curtain goes up.

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