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Decency is vanishing from politics

Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma has started the practice of issuing controversial statements and later other parties too started emulating him. It seems to be unstoppable at the moment and doing more harm than good to the struggling national party. Azam Khan and many BJP stalwarts are competing with each other in discovering the new depth of gutter politics. In this dirty war a latest salvo is fired by Bhartiya Janata Party’s leader Amit Shah on Sunday at Azamgarh. Later, Priyanka Gandhi had stated that Narendra Modi is indulging in neech rajniti (politics).
Addressing a public meeting in Sagri area of Azamgarh, Shah said, “Azamgarh is the base of terrorists as there is no fear of the government, which is advocating the release of terrorists. Blaming the Centre also, Shah said Pakistani intruders would retreat “30 kilometres” inside Pakistan when the Narendra Modi government comes to power.

In 2013, Narendra Modi had started his campaign with a sober note of ‘Vikas.’ For public and politics, it was roses all way. However, somewhere his strategy was diverted and the chariot of his ‘Vikas’ lost the road and the road map. Today, he is desperately fighting at every front. It was absolutely unnecessary.

People had begun to believe in some of his promises. Unfortunately, as the poet said – “Zamana barey shouq se sun raha tha, hum he so gaye dastan kahte Kahte.” The public was listening with rapt attention, it were I – the story teller, who slept during narration. Modi could have avoided all that superfluous dispensable rhetoric. Only May 16 would reveal the efficacy of his judgment.

On Monday, he crossed the limit of Political ‘Maryada’ and targeted the Election Commission, accusing it of not acting impartially and daring it to take action against him. He leveled a serious charge against the institution.
He forgot that EC doesn’t need his permission to take action against him. One can smell the traits of dictatorship in his dialogue.

Sometimes back, JDU President Sharad Yadav had ridiculed Narendra Modi for what he said was his “desperation” to become Prime Minister and advised him to take the oath of office from PA Sangma, whom BJP had fielded as its contestant for the 2012 Presidential elections.

EC had earlier ordered action against Modi for allegedly violating electoral laws by displaying his party symbol and delivering a “political speech” minutes after casting his vote.

Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, NaMo had said he would make her stop all “natakbazi”, if the BJP comes to power at the Centre. “If you elect me, you will have rasgullas in both hands. If there is a strong and powerful government at the Centre, Didi will have to stop all her natakbazi in West Bengal and run her government seriously.”

This scribe is deliberately avoiding the Assam’s Kokrajhar massacre as it is a highly emotional debatable issue. It needs another treatment. Was NaMo justified to raise the issue of migrants during these volatile times?
Here, I want to share the merits of politician with the reader. In a democracy, we can’t do without a politician. He may be unfit, contemptible and wide of the mark to the merit or stature of the office he contests; he might have deceived us in past with his promises and deeds; he might have misled us in many domains. However, he is just one of the galaxies of politics and all of them are not bad apples.

Granted that Indian politics has become so murky that we seldom expect good deeds from our politicians but they often do good things also. We do not learn about them because we care two hoots about good deeds. What we know about them is mostly through the propaganda of their opponents. Inspite their bumpy rides we shouldn’t give up upon them. Hoping against hope, we should keep great expectations and high hopes in them. We should try to know about their character, their past and their outlook of future. They aren’t really dispensable.

No individual is perfect and no constitution upon earth is perfect. That is why, time and again, we need amendments. Our constitutional fathers were so lenient to human flaws that despite plethora of checks and balances, we have a galore of alleged criminals in our temple of democracy today.

Finally, Election is competitive sport and it asks for equivalently sportsman like conduct.

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