BJP workers are on the streets of Lucknow demonstrating against the law and order situation in the state. They cannot be faulted. The law and order situation in the state is indeed disgraceful. The demonstrations might help boost the party’s image in Uttar Pradesh. But will it help the government’s image in the centre?
In the capital students are demonstrating against the Delhi University for having botched up university courses and jeopardized their future. The overall image of the country is one of chaos and breakdown of order. Could this not have been avoided?
It was pointed out earlier that the Modi government ought to have set in process the move to invoke Article 356 and impose President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh to help restore law and order. Admittedly there are serious social causes too that have caused the breakdown of law and order in the state. But the Akhilesh Yadav government need not be dissolved but merely suspended till such time as the centre succeeds in restoring a semblance of law and order. Or is it that the central government is afraid that the situation is too daunting to handle?
Whatever the reality the government must summon courage to confront the crisis and do the needful. Otherwise Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s most cherished goal of creating a big influx of foreign investment to speed up spectacular development of the economy could be jeopardized. The Secretary General of the United Nations and leaders of foreign governments openly deploring the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh provides clear indication of how closely the world is watching this nation.
Over and above the impact on domestic politics the government needs to consider reactions of the world outside. That is, if Mr. Modi is really serious about making India an economic superpower. So, the mystery persists: why does the government not impose President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh instead of allowing justifiably angry citizens to take to the streets and spread mayhem, destroying India’s image of a stable democracy and an attractive investment destination?