Current Political situation in Maharashtra is at best can be described as “suicidal” for almost all the political parties involved. This leaves speculation rife for post poll alliances; which combination will emerge is difficult to predict at this stage.
What if BJP joins hands with NCP and Sharad Pawar is ready to embrace the ideology of a party he has been critical of. What could be the equation if two estranged cousin brothers come together to form a political alliance with a mixed and confused ideology of nativism and communalism.
Shiv Sena in the times of its founder Bal Thackeray has been known to be a quite pragmatic party giving least credence to any ideological leaning. Since its formation, it flirted with Congress which was using it against then formidable communists in mill workers dominated Mumbai. Finally BJP weaned it away from Congress and made it an alliance partner. What would happen to hapless voters who give their valuable vote to one party not because they want to, but because they do not want the other party to win.
This can be said negative voting as we could see happening in case of recent Lok Sabha General elections where negative votes of congress went to other parties, mainly to BJP. If the two parties decide to form an alliance post elections, where does the opinon of voters stand, how does it matter in that case. There should be a clear norm guided by election commission to prevent such kind of blantant opportunism.
Results of recently concluded state assembly by-elections are proof that Wave which worked for Lok Sabha isn’t applicable for State elections.People of this country have become matured enough to decide on merit each case rather than use the same yardstick for all the problems.This election in Maharshtra is yet another test for a sensible and prudent electorate.
By: Dharmendra Mishra
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