Road to Parliament not so Rosy

Road to Parliament not so Rosy

Shahid Lone It is said of statistics that what they reveal is interesting, but what they hide is crucial. Much the same can be said of the present debate on Lok Saha elections today. Different parties in the line are proposing various reforms if they come into power but a majority of the masses are still drawn on regional, caste based, religion based and finally party based affiliations. While these innovations are interesting and generally positive for the parties like BJP and congress but what they fail to mention or address is much more crucial and revealing. The government papers and election commission ‘s response resolutely refuse to tackle the central issue of what it is that political parties do and whether it is done in a suitably legitimate way. For all the sound and fury of constitutional engagement, the main antagonists share a deep and disturbing assumption that judicial power has and will continue to be exercised in a non political, objective and neutral manner. The elections ushered in a new era in the country’s politics, marking the beginning of the first phase in the reconfiguration of the party system. While the BJP on one hand is heavily backing on the Modi wave but at the same time it has been affected by the brazen statements of the local leaders on communal lines. On the other hand with congress is facing a fury of allegations on mixing the politics with religion. Congress is in alliance with Samajwadi party in UP and the statements coming from Samajawadi party leaders there, are totally unacceptable to whole nation and when congress was asked to prove its stand on the statements and take immediate actions to all this it responded by arguing that there is a legal framework for it and election commission will deal with it accordingly and it is not in the party’s hands. The horizon of future however may place these elections in a different light and bring out significance denied to us by our proximity. In fact it might indicate that without much noise or drama, quietly and almost casually, these elections have provided the first full view of post congress polity. It is a...

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