OPINION: Congress, BJP and JMM restrain from horse trading
Author(s): Harish K. MongaWith the break of alliance between Jharkahnd Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), there is again uncertainty in the politics in Jharkhand. JMM and BJP both have 18 MLAs and formation of government...
With the break of alliance between Jharkahnd Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), there is again uncertainty in the politics in Jharkhand. JMM and BJP both have 18 MLAs and formation of government is very difficulty till such time the third party Congress joins in the 81 members of Assembly. Even if JMM and BJP form the government with the support of small parties, it will not be a permanent solution. And in case, JMM and Congress use the same method, even then it is not a permanent solution and the government will not be in a position to do its functioning properly.
The Chief Minister Arjun Munda has recommended the dissolution of assembly and working on this could save from horse-trading but there is no guarantee that there will be permanent government after the elections. In fact, Jharkhand after its existence has become the victim of political uncertainty. But it was hoped that after separation from Bihar , the adivasi area will progress rapidly. In Jharkhand, there is too much natural resources and in case they are used for the welfare of people, there are possibilities that this state could be one of the best state of the country, but due to tug-of-war and trail of strength by different political powers, the state politics have not been able to come above the corruption, political chaos, lawlessness, absence of effective government, and anarchy etc.
The politics of Jharkhand is working on the pattern of Goa where the fall of government is a regular feature and Jharkhand being a small state, small numbers of legislatures can form or topple the government. In Jharkhand, there is a group of some active and clever MLA who goes on changing the party and both the national level parties - Congress and BJP – are giving importance to this group for their personal and vested interests and it is expected from them. When everybody knows that the power is for a limited period, it is better to make best use of it. In fact, small states are always the victim of disorders as the political stability is there in Uttrakhand and Chattisgarh which too were formed with Jharkhand and the record of these states is better.
History speaks that after some uncertainty period, the voters itself reforms the politics and UP is the best example and it is possible that the people of Jharkhand would also understand this strategy and reform the system of electing of legislatures. But it is necessary that the voters may teach a lesson to those MLAs who gives birth to uncertainty in politics and are busy in their vested interests.
No doubt Congress is relishing the prospect of BJP losing two key states in the countdown to 2014, with the fall of the saffron regime in Jharkhand training the spotlight in Karnataka where rebel B. S. Yeddyurappa has threatened to topple the government next week. The need of the hour is that all the three major political parties – Congress, BJP and JMM – should realise their responsibility and restrain from horse trading but whichever party would do this, will not be benefited in the long run. Now a days, the eyes of people of whole of the nation are on governments’ accountability and doing development works and Jhakhand cannot be single out.