The BJP leader L.K.Advani is doing a great disservice to the national discourse on corruption by needlessly politicising it. Yesterday he wanted the government to quit and opt for mid-term parliamentary poll. It seems there have been so far no takers for this bizarre idea. No serious politician has so far echoed these suggestions by the veteran leader. He should pick up the signal.
True, Advani may be factoring in that BJP would have nothing to lose and everything to gain by a mid-term poll. The next poll would also be in all probability Advani’s own last waltz in electoral politics. But patience is required. All in good time.The national discourse on corruption has touched a high water mark. A number of political parties have decided to carry the crusade against corruption by organising an all-India protest day tomorrow, August 23. This is the right agitational approach. The BJP should also focus on agitating on the core issue of corruption at this juncture rather than make it all appear to be an unseemly scramble for political power. It will be the height of political cynicism to turn Anna Hazare’s tidal wave on its head and make it a wooden staircase to climb back into the corridors of power. Hazare and his acolytes would also be doing the country a favour by making it clear that their movement is not about electoral politics of the kind Advani seems to have in mind.
Posted in Politics.
– August 22, 2011