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Politics: Accountability & Transparency
|by Dr. Gopal Singh|
Transformation in Indian Democracy – Part III
Couple of days ago I turned on the television to catch the evening news. There was this interesting live broadcast from Jantar Mantar. I am not sure what channel it was on. There were representatives from the Congress, BJP and AAP along with a significantly vocal crowd. The news reporter would ask a party representative to make some comments and then would push through the crowd to get a response from seemingly a random person. He would restrain the other persons standing nearby from snatching the microphone to make comments. It appeared unruly but everyone seemed to be passionate to make their point.
Let us pause to think on it. There is no excuse for making false promises willfully. The public in general does understand that parties tend to exaggerate on their promises. What upsets and disappoints people most is when after coming in power they show utter disregard to the people, do not make any sincere efforts to fulfill their commitments and try to deceitfully pacify them instead.
AAP is walking on thin ice. They would have to master this art. Their only ally is transparency and accountability, certainly not the Congress. They need to stick to their manifesto. Prioritize and act on issues as promised. Post all their actions on the web and announce them to the public. The state budget, its allocation, spending, programs being supported, extent of progress being made and any midcourse corrections should be constantly communicated. No compromises should be accepted on account of the outside support by the Congress. Congress appears to have caught the tiger by the tail. They would be really afraid to let go of it. BJP would have to sit quiet and watch. They cannot follow their usual rhetoric. These might backfire. It will be interesting to see how they can criticize the popular moves anticipated by AAP. They have no choice but to harp on inability of AAP to deliver completely on all their promises. That might backfire as well. They have no track record of fulfilling their promises in the past and the public in Delhi may very well be sympathetic with AAP if they are convinced that genuine efforts are being made by them.
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