Indian political system is currently going through a very bad phase…Recent State Elections results of UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Tripura are actually bad news for country, my intention is not to disobey people’s verdict but to look into implications from national perspective, which is bigger picture…The main reason for this turmoil is rise of regional parties and National parties like Congress & BJP are losing their relevance at state level and subsequently at National level also…Now it is next to impossible that in 2014 Parliamentary elections, any National Party will get majority on their own. The recent election results will also put reforms agenda on back burner and populist measures will take driver’s seat as the rise of regional parties have weaken the Govt. at Centre and Govt. is not able to take decisions with free hand…Typical e.g. is pull back on critical Retail FDI by Govt. ….Also Centre Govt. is eyeing 2014 elections therefore Govt. is at cross roads.
It reminded me of movie “Chak De India” Where in during introduction of Girl’s Hockey team to new coach i.e. Sharukh Khan, each player mention the State from which they belong and only 1 Player mention she is from India…Therefore we have Mamta Banerjee from Bengal, Narendra Modi from Gujarat, Nitish Kumar from Bihar, Naveen Patnaik from Orissa, Jayalalitha from TN etc but there is NO NATIONAL LEADER who is representing India. The leaders at centre are dependent on these regional kings for decision making. In one way or another these so called state CEO’s are also responsible for weakening of National Framework as they are concerned only about their vote bank in respective state and decide on particular subject which is suitable or convenient for their vote bank. They usually fail to understand the larger perspective which is growth & development of Nation. Recently almost all state CM’s up their ante against the National Agency for countering terror…Its quite unfortunate.
The contradictory thought is that at the same time we also need regional leaders, As India is vast dynamic country and there is a popular saying that in India Water Changes every 16 Kms and Culture Changes every 160 Kms so we also need Regional Leaders who can understand the pulse of people and pursue focused approach towards development of particular state or region. It is not feasible for 2 or 3 parties to fulfill aspirations of Local people and focus on regional development.
Now there is a catch 22 situation wherein strong regional parties weaken the national govt. and at the same time we also need regional parties to fulfill aspirations of local people, to avoid this situation, India should adopt following federal structure which can help in fulfilling both the objectives.
- Regional parties should be allowed to contest Elections only at state level and national party can only contest General Elections
- India should adopt Bi-Party system as prevalent in UK, USA and many other countries so that people mandate is clear not fractured. Party which comes to power should complete the term so that they can take decisions without any fear or duress.
- All the elections i.e. at state level and national level should be held simultaneously so that Central govt. stop worrying about State Elections. As India is vast country so every 6 months there are elections in 1 state or another…So rather than worrying about election results every 6 months, Central Govt should concentrate on Growth and Development of India.
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