Today the election commission announced the dates of elections that would be taking place this year in different states. So Manipur, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, and Punjab are ready to experience their respective state elections in the coming months. Since the news channels have already started debating over the opinion polls, hereditary power struggle and declared winners, what grabs my attention is the fundamental issues concerning the particular states which are never talked about eminently.
Politics in India have always been based on the cards of caste, class, money, family and else. Development and welfare of citizens have been heard only in the party slogans but not on the real ground. We have entered into a new year but nothing new has happened with the way our politicians divide the voters on the basis of religion, class difference and strata of societies for their personal benefits. One more disturbing fact that needs to be noticed is that all the parties are playing the blame-game to degrade the ones on the other side. While addressing the rallies they are more concerned to list the works that are not being fulfilled by the opposition rather than focussing on what are the problems that people of the state are facing and how to tackle it.
India has enough resources and manpower that can solve its problems but the fact is the people who are in authority are busy verbally attacking their competitors than taking care of the responsibilities they are assigned with. The next thing that disturbs me is the power-centric behavior of our leaders. The parties are applying all the possible tricks and strategies that can bring them the chair. They can go to any extent to get into power take the example of Bihar, where Nitish Kumar who was always against of Lalu Prasad Yadav came into an alliance during the state elections just to win the elections.
Recently we all witnessed the clash in the Samajwadi empire. The family politics overtook the TV screens for almost two long days and are still ruling the screens. The head of the family who is probably in his 70s or 80s is still not ready to leave the party head chair. How can we expect a good governance delivery from such people. The political pattern of India has turned out to be more of identity politics than welfare oriented politics. The rhetorics come in handy for the leaders who become the face of the party and the party further gets identified by their names.
Election campaigns have always been money splurging events. All the parties spend crores and crores of money just to sing their winning sagas. The same money can be utilized to build better future for the people who are voting for them. Political leader’s action should speak louder than their words. The electronic media should also act responsibly in these cases. Today the whole of media is just yelling on their opinion polls being right and declaring the winners right away. The only thing they are behind to is which party is going to rule the state rather than bringing into notice the performance of the parties in dealing with the important issues of the states.