Saturday, June 09, 2012

What would a vote for Jagan mean?

Would a result of upcoming by-elections in favor of Jaganmohan Reddy indicate whether the people of Andhra Pradesh accepted corruption and loot of public wealth as a way of life and maybe even consider it a virtue?  In other words, would making Jagan a winner show bankruptcy of public morality among the people of AP? When a friend quipped something to this effect, he expressed an opinion of a middle class youth who have come up the hard way and made their lives in an apolitical environment. But such an apoliticalness also blinds them to the ground realities of public life and politics and make them blindly limit their views and opinions to news thrust upon the public by the mainstream media. I think any result in favor of Jagan would show not the bankruptcy of public, but that of other political elite in Andhra Pradesh who failed to challenge him because they are as corrupt or even more.

Overbearing Congress high-command hits a self-goal.
TDP and LokSatta sound hollow with their corporate connections.
Do the voters have an alternative in the upcoming AP by-elections? They don’t. The ruling congress which has now conveniently unleashed CBI in the graft cases against Jagan, has now unwittingly given an impression to the voters that it is the real culprit which allowed the whole loot for 6 years that is now being investigated. The way CBI has been used by the union government is outrageous and these elections would teach a congress a fitting lesson. It has just hit a self-goal with its timing of Jagan's trial.

The opposition TDP which has been hand-in-glove with the ruling congress and which infact saved the state government from collapsing lacks the moral high ground to accuse the Congress or Jagan’s party of corruption. It has redefined corruption in political sphere by changing the dynamics of ruling and opposition party. In its anxiety to scuttle Jagan as an alternate political force in the state, it has transformed itself into Team B for Congress.  It is the TDP which unveiled the contractors Raj in AP by speculating and manipulating on huge government contracts in infrastructure and real estate, while it was in power. YSR, after succeeding Naidu, just elevated the game. Every attack of Chandrababu Naidu on Jagan regarding corruption backfires and reminds the voters of his own large scale corporate dealings and how he elevated businessmen one after the other, his rumored benamis, worth thousands of crores to Rajya sabha. Even the small time Lok Satta party has taken questionable stand on issues linked to big corporations like those of Hyderabad Metro rail and the Srikakulam power plants. 

A negative vote against existing political parties
So no matter what these parties or the media channels/newspapers that support them want the voters to think, the voters in general are aware they are all the same. The result forecasted in favor of Jagan in Andhra and Rayalaseema is in fact a vote against all the political parties in the state. That would be a sign of displeasure by the voter against the Congress and TDP which conspired against democratic ethics to suppress Jagan, an emerging political alternative. It would be a vote against an overbearing congress government at the center. Not considering this history of political bankruptcy and viewing the present political scenario through the lens of the media which owns its roots to the very political setup working overtime to preserve itself against the Jagan onslaught will only give a warped picture and prejudiced opinions about how squeaky clean and progressive parties like Congress, TDP and Lok Satta are. The vote for Jagan, for me, would not be a sign of the voter’s ‘compromised morality’ as my friend tends to think.

1 comment:

Bharath said...

Amar, I would put it this way, In andhra if YSRCP wins, second part would be true, meaning people of andhra seeing other parties even dangerous than YSRCP...In Telangana if anybody else except parties in TJAC wins, first part is true...:-)