Sunday, August 17, 2008

Political parties are there to oppose other political parties

Most of the political parties in India are there to oppose all other non-alliance political parties. It does not matter whether the policy is good or bad. Their duty is to oppose whatever is proposed by the other political parties.

When Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was in power, it tried to privatize bus service, and Congress opposed it, and TDP could not do it. After that, Congress came to power, and it tried to bring private buses. This time TDP opposed it, and Congress could not do it. As a regular passenger, I don't care who brings it. I just want more buses in the state. But, those political parties will not do what is good for the country/State. Their intention is to oppose the government, and they oppose it.

In 1998, Vajpayee performed Nuclear Tests within two months of taking the power. At that time, entire India praised Vajpayee for that except Congress (including Sonia Gandhi, and Manmohan Singh). Congress felt that, India would lose the support from US and other countries because of that. However people like Sharad Pawar praised Vajpayee publicly (and then later on moved out of Congress for different reasons). After Congress came to power, Pranab Mukherjee criticized BJP and L.K.Advani that it is not possible to do research and develop the entire infrastructure for Nuclear Tests within two months, and they should understand that it is not their (BJP's) victory. Pranab Mukherjee talked as if, Congress government should get the credit for Nuclear Tests. It is completely contradictory to what they said, when they were in the opposition. L.K.Advani clearly and publicly mentioned the history of the Nuclear Tests. He said that the entire development for Nuclear Tests had been completed by 1983. But, still no Prime Minister had dare to do the Nuclear Tests, and Vajpayee did it. Where did BJP take credit of Indira Gandhi's contribution?

There are many instances like this in almost all the political parties except two or three. If they are in opposition they talk in one way, and if they are in power, they talk in different way.

Till 1970, there used to be private bills in Parliament. This generation may not be even aware of what is a private bill, because there was no private bill passed after 1970. A private bill is similar to a normal bill, but, it would be proposed by any MP of any party. Based on the discussion and voting on that bill, Parliament will accept/reject that bill. The party which is in power will have majority, and without their acceptance, nothing will be passed. So, what is the use of these private bills? Suppose, if the bill is controversial, or for some reason the party which is in power does not want to take credit for that, then they would use these private bills. Some opposition party or even an independent will introduce the bill, and after discussion, they would pass the bill. With that, the party in power does not get credit (even if some of their party members vote for the bill), and still they will do what is good for the country.

But, now-a-days, it is not possible to see that kind of bills at all, because of the attitude of the politicians and political parties. Except two private bills all others were passed in the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Sastry only. Those two private bills were passed in the tenure of Indira Gandhi, one in 1969 and the last one in 1970. After 1970, there was no private bill passed in Parliament.

All the political parties oppose other parties, because, if they don't oppose, then they would lose votes. If a political party always supports another political party, then it would lose it's identity, and everybody votes for the other political party. So, it has to oppose other parties.

The final loser is the common man.

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