Here I am…penning on a topic that has been at the centre-stage of national discussions for the last few weeks, generated incredible uproar at the national politics and has led to a confidence vote to be held on 22nd July.
It amazes me to no end as to how a party like Left having such a myopic vision was ever able to hold its own in national politics. And now the highly corrupt Mayawati taking the lead to topple the government. Her rising stature and her self-proclaimed ambition to be a future Prime Minister surprises me to no end. A party like the Leftists, who base their decisions on ideology, have joined hands with such a corrupt politician. And this goes to show the stubbornness on the part of Mr. Karat, who has not been able to gauge the mood of the people. Practically everyone believes that the nuclear deal is good for India and would help to strengthen India’s energy security in the future.
Even the media whole heartedly supports PM Manmohan Singh on the nuclear issue, but Left has to interfere. They seem to forget that they are a Indian political party and are not pursuing the interests of a communist country like China. Even China for that matter, has not raised its opinion against the deal. I just hope that the electorate are able to understand how the Left has blackmailed the government and instead of helping the government in dealing with the economic crisis; it has forced the government to concentrate its energy in keeping itself afloat and be able to complete its term. Hopefully, sane politicians would understand the situation and denounce the Left as the one that has triggered instability and led to the trust vote that was completely avoidable after PM had promised to return to Parliament before operationalising the nuclear deal. BJP is another party that amuses me to no end. They clearly state that they are neither against the nuclear energy nor against a strategic relation with US. They want to renegotiate the deal. That plainly means that they want BJP to go down in history as the party that operationalised such a deal and not Congress. That is completely against national interest, specially as time is running out for India to complete the deal.
So, all fingers crossed while waiting with abated breath for the results of tomorrow’s trust vote. It is no longer a decision that will decide the fate of the government. It is a decision that the parliamentarians have to make about the future of India and its future role in the world. If she has to rise to be a global power then it has to show the world that it is not afraid of making the big decisions for national interest. The PM has showed his resolve in portraying to the world his determination to create history and that is, perhaps, the only positive that emerges from the whole nuclear stand-off. Sonia Gandhi’s admiration and complete support to Manmohan Singh demonstrates her will to take decisions that are in the best national interest and not dependent on the idiocracies of the politics. PM’s decisiveness to stake his prime-ministership on this nuclear deal is something to be applauded and not to be misplaced as ego taking over his consciousness.
I shudder at the thought of Mayawati becoming a PM. Just imagining her in the same fold as people like Manmohan Singh kills me. Even Lalu Prasad seems a better option than her after his amazing effort as a Railway Minister. Unfortunately, its Mayawati who has emerged as the kingmaker from the opposition camp by dramatically rallying the opposition.
Even though as of now, UPA is pretty confident of striking success tomorrow, fears still persist and the close numbers predict a photo-finish. An interesting observation made by Times of India is that the confidence shown by government has given the impression that the Opposition challenge is not firm. Except the mobilisation shown by Mayawati, Independents and small groups have tilted towards the government. The very rare articles against the government fail to make an impression (and believe me…I can be taken for a ride) and therefore 90% of general public must be hoping for the UPA to win the motion tomorrow. It will be a toast to our PM for his unfaltering faith and ambition to take India to the higher ranks of global power.
(*trivia – PM Manmohan Singh will be the first PM not to vote in a trust vote since he is a member of Rajya Sabha)