I’d written about the coming together of a bunch of extremely diverse politicians to form the third front a few weeks back. My concern was the fact that there was no common ground. By common ground, I mean a rationale common ground to form an alliance. Alliances like these are extremely opportunistic and nothing more than trying to get a leg up in the on-going political battle.
In exactly under 2 weeks, the TRS has pulled the plug on the TDP in Andhra Pradesh, differences apparently on the seat sharing issue. A rediff article that I read talks about this in detail and articulates the grounds of the severance – ill treatment of the kith and kin who were made to wait from 2230 hrs to well past mid-night and the fact that the number of seats to be shared between these two foes turned friends was something short of the expectations of our friend, Mr. Chandrashekar Rao.
The article goes on to show the level of immaturity of our politicians – our friend (read TRS) called some reporters personally, late in the night to inform them of the break up. Spare a thought for the reporter who was woken up in the middle of the night and informed of this! He now wants to go alone in AP!
Having lived in the AP for a good part of my working life, I believe that the state has progressed significantly over the last 2 decades. A lot of this is the doing of Mr. Naidu and his unwavering commitment to development. Dr. Reddy has been an able successor, in the fact that he’s kept the development agenda going.
The pace at which Hyderabad and AP are growing for sure gives its neighbors the jitters – Karnataka was in the receiving end over the last year and a half odd as AP smartly pulled the mat from under to move some very lucrative business start ups out of Karnataka. Any rationale businessman would do that and I won’t complain if I was a businessman. I want value for every buck I spend and will go to even Timbuktu, if I had to.
The simmering rivalry has now left the state, on the brink of assembly elections with 4 big parties in the fray – The ruling Congress, the opposition of Mr. Naidu and the TDP, fledgling Mr. Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam and of course, Mr. Rao’s TRS – pardon me for not including the BJP! If you do, this becomes 5. I don’t know the pulse on the ground and people’s penchant for change here today. With so many choices and each party capable of tapping the right hot buttons, the verdict of a hung assembly is a no- brainier!
Hung assemblies set up the stage for coalition politics and arm twisting – literally. I wont be surprised to see the same folks who were friends become foes, become friends again in 60 odd days time.
At the root of this all is the fact that we just let any man and his dog form a political party ( I don’t mean to be disrespectful here, this is just an expression). With so many options, people are confused and so too are parties. Can’t we just move to a US like 2 party system to manage this chaos better? They are a democracy too and largely successful. If you think 2 is too small, let’s make it 3! No more! You have to be a part of either – you don’t like it, move around! Till we get a handle on this, I am sure we will have many more parties and many more such stunts of alliance break ups and going back to hug one another on an opportunistic basis.
Any guesses on who’s pulling the next plug?
My money is in my wallet as I think anyone guessing that right is a true genius! If someone does indeed guess that right, I’ll doff my hat off to you and connect offline to see how you guessed!
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