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Diverting public attention from core issues
- The People's Chronicle Editorial :: July 06, 2024 -



WITH numerous challenges, ranging from enormous regional disparities, widespread poverty, illiteracy, unemployment or shortage of almost all public welfare means, still prevalent even after 75 years of independence from British colonial rule; it would be difficult, if not impossible, to sum up the history of Indian democracy in one line or two.

But one thing is very certain.

No political party in India can expect to remain in power for long if it does not live up to the expectation of the people and deliver on the promises made for their well-being.

This is the strength and beauty of Indian democracy; howsoever noisy it might get at times.

So, all the political parties in the country need to be responsive to the needs and demands of the people.

Otherwise, they could be rejected by the people in the next elections.

To remain in the good book of the people, all political parties, whether in the opposition or in the treasury benches, must understand the aspiration of the people and work accordingly.

The mandate given by the people in the just concluded elections to the 18th Lok Sabha is a perfect example of how a seemingly invincible political party in power for a decade could be cut-down to size by depriving a majority it had enjoyed in the last two Lok Sabha elections while at the same time gave a chance to the opposition parties in disarray to put their acts together so as to rise to the occasion, even if they were short of securing a majority in a house of 543 members.

Through this mandate, people of the country have also sent out a strong message to all the political parties for acting their respective part in running the country effectively.

For, the roles of both the opposition and the ruling parties are equally important in a representative democracy.

But it seems neither the opposition nor the ruling parties have learnt any lesson from the mandate given by the people.

While the opposition parties have become more aggressive like never before, which is good and bad at the same time; the ruling parties, more particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is continuing to act as if it still commands majority on its own and forgetting the fact that it has managed to remain in power for the third term with the help of its allies, which are known more for switching allegiance at the drop of a hat.

After being in power for two terms, it's time for the BJP to realise that blaming the opposition parties or the past governments is not going to help in regaining the trust and confidence of the people.

BJP getting this time 63 seats fewer than the 303 it had in the 17th Lok Sabha and now 32 seats short of a majority on its own is a reality.

This has stemmed from the simple fact that people have seen and understood the politics of BJP - which is investing its time and resources in picking flaws of the previous governments to divert attention from the core issues affecting well-being of the people.

It is sad to say that the same politics of nitpicking is being played out in Manipur, where the ruling party BJP as well had been humbled by the people by giving their mandates in favour of the two candidates of Congress party in both the Inner and Outer Parliamentary seats.

Instead of wasting time on holding press conferences to harp on the same issue of what newly elected Congress MP from the Inner seat had missed in his maiden speech in the Parliament on addressing the core issues related to the over 14-month long ethnic conflict in the state or justifying the claim made by the Prime Minister that "violence is declining" and "the government is continuously making efforts to bring normalcy in Manipur," it would have better for the state BJP unit and its leaders to think over the plight of over 60,000 displaced people who are still languishing in the relief camps, even if they can't do anything for the hundreds of families in bereavement.

The conduct of the state BJP leaders have shown that they themselves are the ones who are trying to divert attention from the core issues.



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