BJP Same as Congress?

Two distinguished lawyers, Mr. Arun Jaitley and Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, as senior cabinet ministers acted as spokesmen for the government and justified its decisions. The result was pathetic. The BJP stand on various issues that emerges from their views is one of evasion and obfuscation, ignoring the real criticism being voiced. Consider the justification offered by these worthies for some of the questions raised about the government’s decisions.

With regard to the appointment of Mr. Nripendra Misra as Secretary in the PMO Mr. Jaitley argues that the Prime Minister has the right to choose his officers. He further argues that the law that prevented Mr. Misra from assuming the post was flawed and needed to be changed. Conceded. But the issue was that the PM should have changed the law and then appointed Mr. Misra. He violated the law by appointing him and is now in the process of changing the law. This brazen act sets the tone of this government regarding observance of procedures and norms. How will it influence officials lower down the line?

With regard to blocking appointment of Mr. Gopal Subramaniam as a Supreme Court Judge the BJP points out his unsuitability for the post. Again, that is not the issue. The government had no business in violating procedure and directly approaching the President to cut off his name from the list of judges recommended by the Supreme Court instead of first informing the Supreme Court Collegium about its decision and its reasons for reaching it. Mr. Subramaniam’s suitability or otherwise was irrelevant.

BJP leaders, after appointing Mr. Amit Shah as the party president even as he faces court cases pertaining to murder and is presently on bail, justify his elevation by stating that there is no merit in the charges and these were orchestrated by a motivated opposition. How stupid can BJP leaders get? Is it for them to pass judgment on the cases or the courts that are hearing the cases? What kind of credibility will the judgment have in the eyes of the public if the courts in these circumstances find Mr. Shah innocent? Either way, whatever the final judgment, the damage inflicted to governance is irreparable.

Ms Smriti Irani had filed wrong information regarding her educational qualifications in an affidavit which is a criminal offence. In her defence Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad pointed out her abilities as a minister. Can an argument for justification be sillier? The lawyer who represented big firms in the ongoing 2G corruption court case, Mr. Mukhul Rohtagi, has been appointed as the Attorney General. Many more examples can be summoned to indicate how the government junks procedure and norms in the pursuit of expedient decisions.

Strict observance of procedure is the very foundation of good governance. Both Mr. Jaitley and Mr. Prasad are too knowledgeable to be unaware of this. Yet with cynical expediency they merrily proceed with evading criticism and confusing the truth. This cynicism will cost their government dear.

This contempt for procedure is accompanied by inexplicable political decisions. Despite the party’s avowed pledge to eradicate corruption the government is doing everything possible to protect Mrs. Sheila Dikshit from appearance in court. The party may respond favourably to high profile Congress leader Mrs. Margaret Alva’s offer to switch loyalties. She wants another term as Governor. If BJP responds positively, it will doubtless hail it as a feather in its cap. The party has absolute majority with a large number of members who toiled for its success, and yet wait to be suitably accommodated. The Modi government is establishing a political culture no better than that of the Congress. Without immediate course correction, it will destroy governance. For all the starry eyed supporters of the Prime Minister who eagerly await “achhe din’, welcome to the real world!


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Views: 3388      Comments: 4

Comment Mujrim bhi vohi munsif bhi vohi, Insaaf bhala kya kaam kare,
Qanoon ki maut to laazim hai, jab adaalat hi qatl-e-aam kare "

Farhat Farooqui
19-Jul-2014 01:54 AM

Comment Good days are in our way when Narendra Modi is with BJP. Look to his horoscope. He went to New Delhi from Gandhi Nagar and is reaching Germany and Brazil. Washington is not far. His path is SUB KI SATH and good governance and that will lead him to success . ACHHE Din are sure to be there, let us watch and see. Pray God.

pranlal sheth
18-Jul-2014 04:19 AM

Comment Presently there is no alternative but to support modi.Gandhi family which runs congress has lost all credibility and if National Herald case is taken to its logical conclusion, they are in deep trouble.The problem for the country is that within BJP top echelon, only Modi seems to be non corrupt.Rest esp.Arun jaitley is suspected even within BJP as a congress stooge.Some of the older leaders like advani,sushma,yashwanth does not enthuse confidence.We are stuck with Modi whether we like it or not.Let us live with him for next 10 years.It won't be as bad as we think but it will certainly not be "Ache din"..What this writer has highlighted are few issues and there are many indicators.Hope he does not get stuck as a leader like jj whose rein. can be termed as jay and the vegetables.If Modi really want to provide excellent govt., he needs to surrownd himself with ministers of caliber not averages ,mediocres and suspects.The choice is rightfully his.

17-Jul-2014 03:46 AM

Comment Sir,

Achhe din to waise bhi aayenge, because current govt can not match UPA standard of governance.

But, it is true that there is no need to twist rules and provide shallow justifications for appointments as this article described. Beyond a certain level, the PM Mr Modi will be better off to live and work with colleagues who challenge him from time to time for appropriate reasons. Or else, what can be the cause of picking particular people and putting them on particular post decisively ?

Dinesh Kumar Bohre
15-Jul-2014 08:06 AM

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