BJP and Congress need to show guts

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  1. Yusuf

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    I have always maintained that the coalition governments are a bane for India. While I advocate a complete change in the system through constitutional amendments to transition to a US style system, but then it's not happening anytime soon if at all.

    So the two major parties have to grow some guts and start to work at the grassroots at an all India level and fight on all Lok Sabha seats. No prepoll alliance, no seat sharing. Try to attain majority on their own. IF they fall short, then look for those who are willing to support but not blackmail.

    There is total policy paralysis in governance. I don't see that changing if the govt changes from UPA to NDA as they too will be dogged by pesky allies trying to extract their pound of flesh.

    It's time the National Parties behaved like one and contest on all seats.
     
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    The US form of Presidential govt. is not guarantee that the govt. will function correctly. A quick look at the gridlock in the US Congress and Senate is a good example to show why Parliamentary democracy is superior particularly in countries where there is a lot of diversity like in India.
    And its a myth to think that there is no blackmail and corruption in US politics. Infact, I would argue that its orders of magnitude higher and what they have done is to legalise this corruption at a massive scale.
    Moreover, the large number of elections needed for a US style presidential system means that low voter turnouts of almost 40% decide who gets elected head of state,

    What we should see if people voting on the basis of performance. IF regional parties learn that they will have to deliver on growth and performance, then automatically, they will be forced to support growth policies in the future. We already saw how for example Punjab supported the FDI in retail despite being ruled by NDA because they saw it as beneficial to them before the central BJP leadership came out in opposition.
     
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    We don't need to ape the entire system of the US but need to adapt it for Indian requirement.

    Anyways that is not the point of this thread.

    I want the two national parties to fight all Lok Sabha seats with no seat sharing or prepoll alliance as try to secure majority on their own so that there is no khichdi and hence no blackmail politics which leads to paralysis.
     
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    True, the very concept of lobbying and the amounts of money that goes in is so corrupt. BJP MPs caught doing the same last lok sabha and action taken post being one such example, but then being an out and out capitalist country, that the US is, their world will revolve around making such concepts, that we see as corrupt, as workable.
     
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    US style system?? Yeah right!!! It's a crappy system to say the least. polarizing views to either left or right and nothing much. Either subscribe to this party or that party. Nothing good comes out of this system in India. Considering the parties like SP support congress but never get out of the minority appeasement policies, i can clearly see the kind of politics that would bring in a two party system here. Considering that India is a true multi-faced country, two party system would kill the vibrancy of India itself. A new idea can come up from anywhere and catch up now. But in a two party system, it will be very difficult.
     
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    Yusuf, for the National parties to contest all the seats is going to be very difficult for two main reasons

    1. Congress has been on a decline in a number of states like UP, Bihar, West Bengal and is virtually a non entity in TN. In these states they are even in a big organisational mess. they could theoretically nominate candidates but it will be a wasted effort.

    2. BJP has never had a pan India presence and they have been operating in the coalition environment for a very long time in Maharashtra and Punjab. Their experiment in Bihar is also quite good. They cannot afford to antagonize these partners who have stood by them for long.

    It is the nature of our polity that the states are begining to assert themselves and the National Parties have to learn to carry them along. Both NDA and UPA-I were handling their partners and the Govt. was working, but the present policy paralysis cannot be blamed on the coalition partners. It is the arrogance of the Congress party after the results of 2009 general elections that is the root cause of the current mess. The GOP right from day one started believing that UPA II was a picnic and that they would come to power in 2014 on their own. You do not have to look for proof anywhere else. Senior leaders of Congress party Digvijay Sing, Janardhan Dwivedi, and others have opted not to join the Govt.

    There were many bills like the pension bill, the FDI cap on insurance companies had support from the BJP, but the UPA has never taken them into confidence to get them passed. The only time the Govt. talks to the opposition parties is when there is a logjam in the parliament.

    The lacunae is not in the system but the people at the helm of the Govt. today, they need to change rather than the system.
     

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