Fall of Character of leaders in power hunger
In a case related to Chhattisgarh, the Supreme Court has said that having sex by promising marriage will also come in the category of rape. This is a clear case of cheating. In my view too, it is plain cheating when someone promises somebody to trust him and then breaks that trust as soon as the purpose is served.
But do we ever notice that this fraudulent, naked and shameless experiment is done indiscriminately within the very system, by which each Government of the Country and State runs? In today’s age, an individual has become so selfish to his personal interests that he is no more committed to any ideology or promise.
Any leader (except the top leadership of big parties) who are entering this political quagmire is found joining this party today and the other tomorrow. Smaller parties, even including their top leadership, are found standing here now and somewhere else at the other time. Even if you try, you cannot find a permanent character in them.
OK, it can be their constitutional right, but what about the rights of the people who are being violated by these actions. Who is bigger in democracy, the public or the leader? In a Parliamentary or State Assembly election, public chooses between a contesting BJP and Congress candidate and later on find the same candidate joining the losing party. Isn’t it an act of cheating, like having sex by promising to marry?
Today, everyone is using it to the fullest. Especially where there has been no change of power for a long time, the candidate who won the seat in opposition to the power, is usually a person with very unstable monastic status.+
To the most, he has to resign, but in lieu of this sacrifice either the ruling party makes him contest from their side and since the public is clear about whose government it is, therefore, the results are usually in the favour of ruling side. Defeat is achieved only when the person in front is much stronger than him.
Or even if he is doesn’t fight the by-elections, the fellow is obliged in other ways. The government has many such ways to do that.
The change in leader’s faith under convenience, greed or pressure
You can understand this from Gujarat where many Congress MLAs have now joined BJP. Recently there were many faces in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who won against the Congress but are now Congressmen. Supremacism in Bengal is to the extent that when Left comes to power then the opposition is almost eliminated by managing even the workers of the Congress along with their Leaders.
And when the TMC comes to power, it similarly wipes out the Left. Tomorrow, if the BJP comes there, in the same way, it will destroy TMC. Even if the public elects the opposition as an alternative, it can be managed later.
Even there, people of a particular region were cheated, but in UP Bihar people are betrayed in the entire state. That means, if the Muslim voters in UP knew in advance that the BSP can form a government with the BJP, would any Muslim have voted for BSP?
In Bihar, BJP-JDU alliance was given the mandate by the people of Bihar, but later-on Nitish left the BJP and formed his own government. If that was not enough, he formed a grand alliance with Congress and RJD and then went for the elections.
The people entrusted the power to the Grand Alliance, but within a short time, he broke the alliance again and started running the government with the same BJP against which the mandate was obtained. Isn’t this clear cheating? If he would have sought the vote to run a Government along with BJP, wouldn’t the people have handed over the power to the BJP themselves? Was it not a direct betrayal to the voters who cast their votes in favour of JDU in the name of coalition due to absence of options, whom otherwise would not have voted for BJP to form a Government?
A requirement of Code of Conduct for leaders
Now, these deceptions have become very common. The public gets cheated directly in it. Isn’t there a room for improvement in this process? In this case, the biggest casualties are the smaller parties whose MLA and MPs are technically very easy to snatch.
I think for this purpose, there should be strict guidelines of code of conduct or any kind of agreement towards the party, which gives a clear message to the candidate to choose the party wisely so that in the entire term of the Assembly or Parliament,
he cannot change the party in any way, neither leave the party nor can go against the party’s decisions, which they often do by cross-voting.
Only in the event of acceptance of the conditions, the candidate should select the party and if the rules are broken, he should bear the fine which the party decides to impose upon him. By this rule, the indecisive and unstable mentality of the leaders can be controlled as well as the mandate of the people of his area can be protected.
Rest, for the game which Nitish played back and forth twice, there should be a provision like ‘right to recall‘ or there be a rule like the alliance with which you are going among the people, you can leave it in the middle of your term but in that case you cannot go to the option of forming a government by aligning with opposition; instead you will have to go back to the public for the new mandate.