General election to choose who will rule from Delhi is on the horizon. By end of May, 2019, results will be out. Prime Minister Modi and his alliance partners will defend their bastion on the plank of development. Challenger/s will evoke lack of inclusiveness in Indian society, increase in incidence of communal polarisation, and need for a kinder, gentler society that takes care of its weakest.
I do not come from a politically aware and astute family background. My father was sympathetic towards the left. He believed left fought for the poor. I have no specific political ideology. What I understand is that, as India develops economically, when people have jobs, as people get a roof over their head, as Indian society becomes prosperous, many problems of caste and religious violence, will likely be solved.
In this context, present ruling dispensation has introduced several people friendly schemes, in the hope of reaching the last man at the bottom of the social pyramid: (i) zero balance bank account,(ii) direct benefit transfer to account,(iii) free gas cylinder to BPL families,(iv) health insurance policy of five lac for 10 crore families and 50 lac people,(v) rural electrification,(vi) housing scheme for poor;(vii) easy loan to start business;(viii) crop insurance policy; (ix) minimum support price for farmers, (x) implementation of OROP for armed forces personnel (xi) creation and building of connectivity by building roadway, railway and waterway.
Ruling party, according to political commentators, intelligentia and opponents have committed several mistakes. Which include (i) inability to create jobs (government disagrees though), (ii) destroying informal economy by implementing demonetisation and implementing GST, (iii) creation of an atmosphere of intolerance against minority community.
Certainly, opposition parties will work to capitalise on weakness of ruling party. Main agenda of opposition will be creation of a kinder, gentler and pluralistic India. Alone they do not stand a chance. Their hope lies in reducing chances of BJP below a criticial number. In this way, either a post poll alliance of like minded parties will come together to form a government. Major problem in this formation is who will be the leader? Will it be congress president Mr. Rahul Gandhi or BSP supremo behenji Mayawati or TMC chief Mamata didi? May be Mr. Deve Gowda, head of JDS will come out of his retirement to save India.
Compulsion of coalition politics is a term used to describe an alliance of political parties, that may have fought election against each other, against a common enemy in the name of saving democracy. The result would be weakest person may become prime minister, because every constituent of the coalition may have an opportunity to flex his muscle and get his demand met.
India has seen several such alliances. Desire to grab power is hidden behind lofty statements like “saving Indian democracy” and “respecting peoples mandate”. Already, intelligentia and prominent citizens are arguing in favor of a rag tag coalition government at the center. They argue with a weak center, regional aspirations will get an opportunity to flourish. They also believe, such alliance will respect plurality of India and respect minority sentiments.
A large section of Indians believe, prime minister Modi to be dedicated and an honest person, against his political opponents who run family based parties. Many have charges of corruption against them. An equally large number of Inidans believe Modi to be dictatorial and anti minority, and must be removed. Yes Modi has his faults, yet is it bigger than advantage his replacements will offer?
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