By-election is round the corner. And now the heavy weight politicians will be making false promises to the people once more. It is now clear the fight opponent in this upcoming by-election in Thonju and Thangmeiband Assembly constituencies will be the Congress who is power in the state and the BJP which is in power at the centre. Main issues that the people faces here are of no important to any of the two political party, but once more people will elect either of the two who had ignored the 15 years long protest of Irom Sharmila for repeal of inhumane draconian act AFSPA.
Both the congress and the BJP have valid point to remain silence on the armed forces special powers act. But why the act is only required in North eastern part of India and the state of Jammu and Kashmir, besides knowing that the temperament of crime is much more hostile in some part of the Northern India. Everyone knows that armed rebels killed at least 20 jawan in Chhattisgarh and every Inidan still could not forget the serial blasts in Mumbai and also the terrorist attack at Parliament some few years back. The intensity of the crime committed in those mainland Indian states including attack in the parliament was much more terrorizing than those happen in the state of Manipur or Nagaland. Why the government is not enforcing AFSPA at those states? If the intention for enforcement of the Act is for maintenance of the law and order situations, why is the act not enforce in states like, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh where the problems of naxalites and armed Maoist insurgents are going out of control. This is clear message of biased attitude of the Indian government amongst its own citizens. Bad or good, if the government felt it necessary for the act to be implemented, which the people often criticized as “draconian”, it should be enforced in the whole of the nation. Why is the act required only in the North Eastern part of the country and in Jammu and Kashmir and not in any other part of the country?
May be both the political party might have been considering that money and muscle power is still a way to win the election that is why the leaders of both the state unit leaders may require the act to please their central leadership.
- Published in Editorial