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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

 

Bhains ke Aage Been Bajana (In English, it translates to: ‘reading a book in front of a buffalo’)

While looking at the aforementioned Hindi proverb, one might get bemused at its colloquial usage and the frivolity it brings forth- the proverb essentially takes a jibe at nonchalance. However, if pondered properly, one might run into a stark emulation of the same in the great Indian parliamentary episodes.

Our parliamentarians seem to have turned a blind eye to the wailing farmers, to the frustrated ex servicemen and agitation students. Laying-off all grievous issues, our political leaders are busy throwing pots and pans at each other in their attempts at resolving political grudges.

The recent disruption of parliament, the suspension of 25 Congress MPs and their subsequent protest to the knee-jerk reaction and the incessant mudslinging essay the hamminess that our parliamentarians take to keeping aside their responsibilities as the vanguards of the greater mass.

A rookie who might not have a clear understanding of Indian politics or an individual unaware of the string of events pervading the same since its inception might end up concluding the new found rebellion projected by the opposition as a judicious attempt at cleansing corruption and treachery but an average mango-man of this country is well versed with the series of political vendetta that has wrecked the sanctity of Indian democracy.

“We want to enlighten the people of the country how things are going, on one side they are telling about clean government and on the other they are not behaving as per their promise”, said Congress in a DNA report.

“Every corruption, scam and loot of public money is being done under the guardianship of the Prime Minister by the Congress with impunity”, BJP, as quoted in a Firstpost report.

 

Despite being hollered by two different parties, both BJP and Congress had the same ailment to talk of. BJP’s take on Congress came in the wake of a nation-wide protest against the flurry of scams clogging the credibility of the ruling UPA 2 government, whereas Congress’s dig at BJP comes in wake of the recent disciplinary action taken up by the speaker Sumitra Mahajan owing to the havoc unleashed by the Congress MPs.

 

“We are disappointed that we have not been able to get crucial legislation enacted entirely because of this obstructionist approach, ” said Sonia Gandhi as quoted in a Firstpost report.

“The Congress party should accept and seriously introspect after having ruled the country for the longest period of time, that negativism hurts the country. Should its obstructionist tendencies inflict an economic injury on the country?”, finance minister Arun Jaitley said (in a Facebook post) on Congress Party’s position on GST.

Both the leaders ruminating on a similar line of thought spelled out their disenchantment at the obstructionist policies each time the opposition tried to disrupt the parliamentary discourse. Mrs Gandhi’s fervent request to deliberate on the Food Security Bill collectively came at a time when BJP was hell bent on wrecking the functioning of the parliament whereas Arun Jaitley’s dither state was propelled by the agitational approach donned by Congress at BJP’s every single policy.

“Issuing an ordinance is something which should be done in exceptional cases and between two sessions of parliament. We (BJP) are against the ordinance route at this point of time and will register our protest with the president of India”, Rajnath Singh said during his tenure as the BJP president.

“The ordinance has given absolute power to the government and refuses to give any say to the villagers in the land acquisition process…This is an atrocity against farmers and democracy as well”, said member of parliament (MP, Rajya Sabha) Jairam Ramesh.

 

Reflecting on the words sounded out by both the political leaders, one might be taken aback at the retraction political parties resort to once they are at the helm of affairs. The BJP-led NDA government in an attempt to pass the revamped version of the Land Acquisition Bill undertook the ordinance route. Congress has done the same (Congress went for an ordinance for the protection of convicted MP’s and MLA’s ). Despite being aware of the tenets of the Indian constitution, both the parties tried to flout the same in a haste to pass their policies.

 

“We do agree that business should carry on, but the government was bulldozing the opposition…This UPA government has become a burden on the country and it should go. BJP is demanding not just the resignation of the Prime Minister, but that of the entire cabinet. This is culmination of so many scams and scandals including 2G and Adarsh Housing”, Venkaiah Naidu (Rajya Sabha MP during UPA’s rule), quoted in the Hindu.

“We will not budge from our stand and there will be no let up in our pressure  as far as issues of corruption, Sushma Swaraj and Vyapam are concerned”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi remarked.

Both Rahul Gandhi and Venkaiah Naidu talk of corruption and expulsions of the allegedly tainted leaders, they second the disruption of parliamentary affairs during their respective stint as the opposition party. However, both the leaders seemingly fail to understand that a sound deliberation and cooperation might scuttle the level of corruption as compared to a protest or an indolent attitude.

Protests or opposition isn’t irrelevant in a democratic country like ours, it all the more enriches the participatory aspect of the same, but, using it as a bait in order to fulfill political grudges in a way pillages the flavor of democracy and creates a space for anarchy. However, it’s up to our beloved political leaders whether they conduct their responsibilities rationally or take to imbecility in their attempt at nibbling on their lust for power.

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What Exactly is Happening Behind The Corridors of Power? Analyzing Elections 2019

Is this what a love-hate relationship is all about? Is there bad news in the mahagathbandhan again?

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These are small anecdotes, small pieces of a larger jigsaw puzzle and stitching them together allows one to take a glimpse at the larger picture. This time, I thought I would present a bouquet of different stories, which will perhaps allow a reader to get a glimpse of the full picture. Pixabay

Separate, seemingly unconnected pieces, combine to make up an inseparable home.

This is true of our lives, as it is of our political system. Now, as India is consumed by electoral frenzy, and the biggest democratic exercise of the world has begun, the question needs to be asked: What exactly is happening behind the corridors of power? What is happening inside North Block, or South Block? What is happening inside the party offices?

These are small anecdotes, small pieces of a larger jigsaw puzzle and stitching them together allows one to take a glimpse at the larger picture. This time, I thought I would present a bouquet of different stories, which will perhaps allow a reader to get a glimpse of the full picture.

The Narendra Modi government is very upset with Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal. Now 88-years-old, the Centre doesn’t want to change the AG, especially so close to the elections. But the reason for the anger is this: That he told the apex court that the Rafale files had been stolen. This was neither the government’s view, nor the official defence ministry version. His claim was an attempt to counter Prashant Bhushan’s query on the leaked Rafale story. Later, the government clarified through affidavits presented by the defence secretary in the court that the file hadn’t been stolen, but that “one page had been photocopied and leaked”.

If one tells the court that the file had been stolen, then the actual security in place at the defence ministry — the custodians of India’s national security — comes under the scanner. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told in closed circles that if the files were stolen, then she was responsible and would be in trouble. For now the situation is under control, but the murmurs remain: who leaked the file? Another foreign fighter company? An Indian mole? Inside South Block – a spy vs spy drama ensues.

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A few days back, Mamata Banerjee and Rahul Gandhi sat together at Sharad Pawar’s house in Delhi. This was only to give the message that they were together. But recently, Rahul Gandhi went to West Bengal and at rally in north Bengal, he once against launched an attack on Didi, claiming that Modi and Banerjee were the same.. wekimediacommons

Dimple Yadav has a new best friend. Of late, she has developed a very comfortable relationship with none other than Priyanka Gandhi. The two meet frequently and are talking to each other daily. The communications on elections continue, whether it has to do with selecting candidates for the campaigns or criticism of the BJP government. While Rahul-Akhilesh remains the primary channel for communication between the two parties, this is a valuable track two for the ‘mahagathbandhan’.

There is no doubt that Modi is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) star campaigner ahead of their 2019 campaign. Amit Shah and BJP leaders, including Arun Jaitley, have finalised the Prime Minister’s campaign strategy. It is clear that from the end of March, all through April and till May, he will hold a number of rallies – expected to cross 200. Every state unit wants him. Modi is fit, possibly healthier than all else in his cabinet. The Prime Minister’s massive medical team has admitted, gladly, that for the past five years they’ve been rendered jobless – he does yoga, exercises daily, eats less and has a diet primarily of salad and soup, wakes up early, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, is a vegetarian.

There is only one problem: He has to maintain the health of his vocal chords. The Prime Minister’s voice, the pitch and tenor might well dictate the future of the BJP. It is not easy, especially with 3-4 rallies, a break in the voice is normal. Gossip in the Prime Minister’s Office is that Modi’s solution comes from an old saint from Varanasi, who has prepared an ayurvedic solution. The prescription: A very simple concoction of tulsi, kali mirch and mishri boiled in water. This concentrated juice will help him, while another solution is mulethi.

The venue: Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. The event was Pakistan Day celebrations on March 23. But, the celebrations were taking place a day earlier. There was major controversy. A massive cordon of the Delhi Police was present. The Hurriyat Conference was a major factor, although no Indian representatives was there. Both American and Chinese diplomats were present.

The Chinese First Secretary (Political), Liu Ziuqin came, dressed gracefully in a salwar suit, while American Deputy Chief of Mission MaryKay L. Carlson was wearing an Indian saree, of which she has a massive collection. But irrespective of the controversy, it was clear that they were all fond of the rich, spicy and delicious Pakistani cuisine. On most occasions, diplomats tend to steer clear of such dishes, sticking to the safety of soups and salads. But during the celebrations, they gorged on biryanis, kormas and kebabs.

The Prime Minister’s mammoth campaign began in earnest after March 25. In the coming election, Modi is the star and only Shah and Jaitley were present, when his campaign strategy was discussed. A plan, spanning approximately 40 days from March 25 to the first week of May.

On an average, the Prime Minister will hold three to four rallies daily in different states. A central rally in a state capital, followed by three more. So, 40 multiplied by four, at least 160 rallies. Potentially, 200 rallies and each state, going to the polls in the seven phases, are desperate to have Modi campaign in their state.

Now it fell on Jaitley to deal with the Herculean task of delving into the demands and deciding the area where the rallies will take place. The main theme of the campaign is Sashakt Bharat — strong nation, with good governance. Most wanted slogans: ‘Namumkin abhi mumkin hain’, ‘Hum sab chowkidar hain’, ‘Modi keu pachta nahi’, ‘Mahamilwat ka halt’, among others.

The Prime Minister might end up going to Bengal, north east and Odisha more often since he is trying to get more seats in the area. Jaitley’s role will be one that he has played during many elections — holding the war room in Delhi and each morning he has been training the spokespersons’ panel. In this, Ravi Shankar Prasad has been aiding.

The combination of the rallies each day is also very important and in order to ensure that all of this is planned to perfection, Jaitley has been coming to the party office every day in the morning. The new party office, as a result, is abuzz with activity — and all the gossip about the vastu not being ideal there has also been proven wrong.

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The Prime Minister’s mammoth campaign began in earnest after March 25. In the coming election, Modi is the star and only Shah and Jaitley were present, when his campaign strategy was discussed. A plan, spanning approximately 40 days from March 25 to the first week of May. Pixabay

Is this what a love-hate relationship is all about? Is there bad news in the mahagathbandhan again?

A few days back, Mamata Banerjee and Rahul Gandhi sat together at Sharad Pawar’s house in Delhi. This was only to give the message that they were together. But recently, Rahul Gandhi went to West Bengal and at rally in north Bengal, he once against launched an attack on Didi, claiming that Modi and Banerjee were the same.

It is no surprise that Didi was upset and unhappy with Rahul Gandhi’s reaction. She didn’t go for an alliance with the Congress before the election, but with the Congress president’s personal attack on her and naming her, what will she do? Will she also attack Rahul in north Bengal?

To be or not to be? Didi’s question is simple: Senior people in the party and Rahul Gandhi should figure out who is their target in 2019, Modi or Mamata?

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At a time when the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in Delhi is abuzz with activity, workers are with teeming all around, meetings are taking place, plans for the campaign are being chalked out, thali after thali is being consumed at the canteen, there is one constant: Jagdish Bhai Bhatiya.

A real estate businessman from Malviya Nagar, he isn’t a politician. But he is much in demand for many who want him to canvass for the party in their areas. The reason: because of how similar he looks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many senior BJP leaders have already made the mistake, as has the SPG on a few occasions. An ardent fan of Modi, Bhatiya is often found in the party office, eating thalis at the canteen. He has also made an effort to work on his Modi look. He dresses like the Prime Minister and has even got a similar haircut. Every one, as a result, wants him in their constituency. In spite of not taking a single penny, Bhatiya is more than happy is his role.  (IANS)