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Indian regional parties threatening national integrity

If any Indian does not know about Raj Thackeray, then he would have slept under a rock for the last five years. People across the political spectrum are condemning him – blaming him for damaging the national fabric. I do not condone his tactics but I am concerned about the asymmetric migration towards Mumbai in particular and urban centres in general. That is not the point of this post, however. Some of Raj’s most vocal detractors have voiced sentiments that make me wonder about who is actually damaging the national fabric.

Lets take them one by one.

Mamata Banerjee pulls out of UPA-2. Her complaint (besides her party’s stand on FDI and fuel subsidy) – the government does not treat her like a king-maker. Conducting elections in India is not a cheap affair. Guess nobody told her about it. Even with Trinamool Congress having just 19 seats – 3.4% – in the Lok Sabha, she wants to dictate the policy for the entire nation.

Then Mulayam Singh Yadav says

We will have to move into a decision-making role in the capital. We should ensure no government can come to New Delhi without SP.

UP has an impressive record as far as sending Prime Ministerial candidates is concerned – 8 out of 14 have been from UP. The Nehru-Gandhi family have their constituencies in UP; and for most of India’s independence, Congress has been in power. All that has not translated into much development though. The politicians have not learned their lessons yet, or they have a vested interest in keeping UP as it is. Assuming Samajwadi Party sweeps the state clean, they can get 80 seats – 14.5% – in the Lok Sabha. With that percentage, they want to be king-maker and extract their pound of flesh.

Finally, Nitish Kumar says that he

would support anyone in the formation of the next government at the Centre if it grants special category status to Bihar

Bihar has 40 seats. Assuming a clean sweep – 7.24% of the seats in Lok Sabha.

I am sure that other states (AIADMK, DMK in Tamil Nadu, BJD in Orissa, Telagana-affected parties in Andhra Pradesh) will soon turn up at the buffet.

Sitting in Maharashtra, I am troubled by the intent that these parties are proclaiming. The main culprit is coalition politics at the Centre. Regional parties should simply not be allowed to play havoc with the rest of the nation. The Election Commission should decide than any party not able to secure more than 50% votes in a multi-option  ballot held nation-wide will be in-eligible for the Parliament – because they do not have the mandate of  the people whose lives they are toying with.

 

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