Who will be the first among the equals?

Written By: / Editorial / Thursday, 02 December 2021 17:43

Seems, like people across the nation realize the significance of Democracy - The people’s government. However, there are critics to the electoral politics of Indian democracy as the system we follow sometimes is defined as a minority government who got the mandate of just a quarter of voters as winning in the election is getting more votes as we follow an electoral process called “Fast Past the Post”.
When Narendra Modi was declared the prime ministerial candidate by the BJP in the 2014 parliamentary election there were critics from certain sections as those people term it as a violation of the Indian democratic process.
In India, election is a game or says a battle for power. And India as a multi-party system and perhaps the largest democracy in the world faced a lot of difficulties. With the member of the political party grooming each election time, it was next to impossible for a single political party to get an absolute majority either in parliament or in the state Assembly (accept some states).
By the end of the 1980s till mid-2014 coalition form of government was left as the only means. Had not the 10th scheduled of the Indian constitution was introduced, the concept of the coalition government – either by pre-poll alliance or post-poll alliance world never have come as “horse-trading” culture by political parties was popular those days.
During an election campaign held recently chief minister, N Biren Singh has rightly pointed out that government sometimes face a lot of difficulties in administration or for taking up development works due to differences among partner political parties in the government. And why should not it be? Every political party will never want to miss the opportunity of utilizing its maximum authority.
Going back in 2014 when the BJP announced Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate everybody or say most political analysts were stunned by the party’s major victory. The BJP had that time proved that announcing the name of the person who will lead the party works and the same has been followed.
The benefit of declaring either Prime Ministerial Candidate or Chief Ministerial candidate has been well tasted.
However, when it comes to state assembly elections, BJP seems to be playing a shrewd game in the battle for power. Maybe in the five states where the State Assembly Election is scheduled either in the last week of February or the first week of March, the respective assembly of each state is not dissolved yet, so announcing a Chief ministerial candidate may be too early. Or perhaps the BJP leadership thinks that announcing the chief Ministerial candidate will not be a good election strategy for some states like Manipur.
Saying so the people have witnessed the change of Chief Minister at a state like Karnataka. However, in the state of Manipur where the election is due, there are candidates contesting for the party which has a similar political stature.
So by the time when the code of conduct comes into force or perhaps after the election result are out one person will be surely assigned the Chief Minister. But will it be at the wisdom of candidates or will it be under the command of the central leadership is a matter that everyone is talking about.

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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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