Posted on May 3, 2019, 8:17 PM IST
GENERAL ELECTIONS 2019
The election fever has come in guns blazing this time. The country stands wholly consumed by a constant play of rhetoric and propaganda. As the largest democracy in the world gets ready to face the general elections, the flurry can be felt across the entire nation. We as citizens, need to flex our brains as much as these political parties are flexing their muscles to prove their strength and mettle. When we speak of the federal power, two strongest contenders are the Bhartiya janta party (BJP) and the Congress party. Both these parties have enjoyed substantial endearment and critique by the Indian masses over the years. They have both been in power and have displayed their own respective spectrums of strengths and weaknesses. Let us get acquainted with some of the negatives associated with both of them. Though, there are always two sides to a coin but understanding one aspect definitely helps in putting the other aspect into perspective as well.
Let us begin with the reigning party, the BJP. The BJP has become synonymous with its leader, Prime minister Narender Modi who has in way, turned the entire political arena into a cosplay convention, where in hate politics is supreme at the moment. The rhetoric and the narratives have scaled upto unprecedented crescendos with little to no emphasis being laid on the prudence of the same. The first major promise that BJP has failed to fulfil in these four years is JOBS. India has a huge population and a sizeable chunk of it is youth. Employment is cardinal to the success and growth of our nation. Through the reports published by the employee provident fund (EPF) and national pension scheme (NPS) suggest a positive picture but the results have been nowhere near to where they were promised to be. The ruling party has often made mindless remarks pertaining to the matter, for example, selling pakoras is better than being unemployed. The entire perspective that is being adopted for the matter has been too naive and frugal. Had the government given more impetus to this promise, the prevailing employment situation in our country would have been far better.
The second major promise that has fallen short on part of the BJP has been a constant check on price rise. The party’s manifesto had clearly elucidated that special courts would be formed to address the matter but nothing regarding this has been done till date. The government has floundered with respect to its tall promises and stimulating rhetoric. The next failed promise on the list is Black money. There had been robust promises for bring the black money back into the system and swelling up the common man’s bank account but the claim has failed terribly. The demonetisation can be regarded as the most brash and rash decision that has been taken by any government in power till date. The decision has not only led to an economic descend but has also led to people losing their lives and jobs.
This government has tried really hard for making an impact at all costs and has failed terribly in the course. Politics has triumphed over prudence when we talk about BJP and the citizens of the country have been reduced to mere guinea pigs, being tested for eccentric policies and procedures.
When we talk of the UPA era, the scenario was not that bright either. Their dethroning in 2014, was a testimony to the dissatisfaction that the people had for the then reigning government. The congress has been at the helm of affairs for the longest time but their ideologies seem to be impaired by dreamy ideologies of an empowered and strengthened India.
The first biggest failure of the Congress has been the freefall of Indian rupee. Our Indian currency has depreciated beyond bounds against the dollar and the UPA can take the onus for that. This puts the economic and fiscal policies undertaken by the congress under the scanner. The party could not do much to evoke global interest and confidence in terms of business and investments.
Another biggest failure attributed to the Congress party has been the rise of external debt of our country. The congress has been an observer of redundant and regressive taxation policies and practices which had resulted in such a dire and unimpressive state of economic affairs of our country. There had been no structure, planning and management with regards to the policy framing and implementation.
The biggest and the most traumatising handicap of the congress party have been the numerous scams that have strongly tarnished the image and goodwill of this party. Coal scam, 2G spectrum scam, CWG scam and numerous other ugly scams have resurfaced during the tenure of the Congress party. These scams have not only bamboozled the policy makers but the citizens as well. The shocking monetary figures can stun anybody. For a country with a sizeable chunk of its population below the poverty line, such scams are the biggest insults that can be incurred by any party in power.
Above mentioned are a few cons associated with both the parties. Though there have been pros as well but the political parties are champions in endorsing their accomplishments. It is always the shortcomings that are never spoken about. We as citizens need to awaken to our responsibilities and vote with the utmost sincerity, knowledge and thought.